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Tips to keep weight off this new year

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 12:36 PM EST

If you’re New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, you might want to try a different kind of earing plan than in years past, one that might keep the weight off for good.

Brigett Reffenberg recently dropped more than ten pounds by giving up gluten.

We caught up with her making gluten free peanut butter cookies with registers dietitian, Kathy Haugen, who says what Reffenberg gave up may not be as important in weight loss success as what she ate in its pace.

“I eat a lot more salad,” says Reffenberg. “I eat a lot more whole vegetables, and beef or chicken, without a lot of sauce.”

Haugen says almost any diet that gets you to swap to healthier food choices will help you drop pounds. Many have trendy name such as the “not hunger diet” or the “blood type diet.”

Her preference is the “my plate diet” which suggests at least half your plate should be fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal.

What’s important to note, however, is that no matter what eating plan you choose in the new year, you need to pay attention to hunger and appetite, and there is a difference.

“Hunger is when you’re truly physiologically hungry and you blood sugar dips and you feel shaky and heachachy,” says Haugen. “You want to feed your body. Appetite is when you go to the mall and you smell the cookies being baked, you smell popcorn at the movie theater. That kind of thing and you’re eating that because you’re attracted, we call that head hunger or appetite versus true physiological hunger.”

There is a “my plate” guide for eating by hunger and appetite that Kathy Haugen says can help set you up for success this year.

That and physical exercise.

“It’s all about increased physical activity,” says Haugen. “We were meant to move and once you start moving, then you want to eat better because you want to fuel your body better too.”

This powerful pairing might hold the secret to weight loss.

Tips to keep weight off this new year

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