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How to Make Healthy Habits Second Nature

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Each year, half of Americans make a New Year's resolution to lose weight and be healthier but only about 8 percent succeed.

Weight Watchers has some information to share on building healthy routines that can turn into lifelong habits:

Eat veggies or fruit with every meal or snack:

Fruits and vegetables are power foods that are healthy, filling and satisfying. When you incorporate fruits and vegetables you can insulate yourself from some not so great choices.

Pack a snack before you leave the house:

Think of a portable snack as your secret weapon, one that can help you sail right by that pretzel kiosk at the mall, the hot dog stand at the game, the inevitable goodie pile at the office.

Ideas for some "out of the box" portable snacks that will satisfy include peanut butter and apple sandwiches, turkey mango strips and chocolate dipped fruit kabobs.

Eat your meal free from distraction:

Get rid of the distractions that can cause you to overeat, such as TV and reading. You should also enjoy, focus and savor your food. Taking sips of water and putting your fork down between every bite allows yourself time to feel satisfied.

Stay Active:

Start getting active with small steps, like getting up and walking at least five minutes every hour. Having comfortable shoes at the ready will also encourage you to get moving. 

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