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Health and nutrition tips for those 2019 resolutions

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – We are less than a week from the start of 2019 and for many of us, our New Years resolutions includes better health and nutrition.

Between all of the Christmas cookies and holiday hams, people tend to binge eat this time of year.

“The average American has weight gain over the holidays and it’s just because it’s our social activities all surround food,” Kate Patetta, a registered dietitian nutritionist at UPMC, said.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to lose that extra weight. The first is to remember that food is fuel and the best energy boosters are vegetables.

“Plant-based eating has a higher amount of fiber, it is low fat, it is leaner, and is just healthier in general,” Petetta said.

Petetta said it is important to have SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic, and Time Oriented.

Watching what you eat isn’t the only way to get your post-holiday body back into shape.

“You can do something as simple as one minute out of every hour that you’re awake. Walk stair steps, do something phsyical, it doesn’t require any equipment and it will allow your heart to become anaerobic,” Buffy Kaiser, the owner of Epic Fitness by Buffy, said.

Experts say if you can, it could also be beneficial to download fitness apps on your phone to keep track of your progress.

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