Five Resolutions Worth Keeping WRITTEN BY A Nancy A. Palermo, MD As we reach year’s end, we entertain the notion of Next Year’s resolutions. If you are like 50 percent of Americans, you will resolve to achieve more, change for the better and work harder to get healthier. In reality, less than 5 percent of us will achieve our goals because most of us set unattainable and unrealistic ones. That often leads to disappointing failure. Research has shown that small changes contribute more to long-term success. In honor of 2014, here are some manageable resolutions that may change your life forever. —1— STOP DIETING Commit to avoiding fad and restrictive diets, diet aids and diet supplements. Americans spend more than $50 billion dollars a year on fad diets, diet books and diet aids, and yet, as a country, we are fatter than ever. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the obesity rate of adults has increased 60 percent over the past 20 years. Clearly these “diets” are not working. All diets may help people lose weight in the short-term, but they typically gain weight in the long-term. Restrictive 102 PEACHY diets place your body in a state of famine. During this time, your body goes into a state of conservation, slowing your metabolism to conserve energy. Of even more concern is that during these times your body will hold onto the fat, break down muscle and eliminate water. When you start eating normally again your body increases fat stores in response to the fast. The overall longterm effect is an increase in fat stores and a decrease in metabolism. Don’t be naive. If it seems too easy and too good to be true, it probably is. There is no substitute for healthy eating. Commit to making dietary changes that you can continue for the rest of your life.