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Tips to stay healthy and eat right

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By Amy McRee, NEWS 9

There are common mistakes we all make, and you might not even know it.

Did you know weight loss tops the list for resolutions in 2008? Sadly, stats show many of us will end up blowing it before the months over. And it's largely in part to little mistakes that keep us from losing weight.

If your New Year's resolution is to drop a few pounds then it's important to have a plan in place to help you stay on track.

A search of the Web and www.prevention.com offers up these common eating mistakes:

1. We can't tell the good fats from the bad ones. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, but you need mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, found in fish nuts avocados and oils.

2. Supersizing to save money could have negative effects. Have a protein and starch, one veggie and one fruit serving with each meal.

3. Soda and fruit drinks are loaded with sugar and lack nutrients, so opt for tea or water instead.

4. Listen to your body, eat when you're hungry, and stop before you get full. Rate hunger between one (hungriest) and seven (full). When you finish, rate yourself one more time. Try to stay between two and a half and five and a half.

5. We have a microwave addiction. Too many frozen entrees or heavily processed foods can leave you short of fiber and antioxidants. So to counter that, try adding a green salad, whole wheat roll and fruit dessert to go with your microwave meal. And as always, it's portion sizes that are really key to losing weight.

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