New portions for the new year

By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM)-   A New Year's resolution is a staple for many each year. We either vow to go to the gym more, eat healthier or get back to exercising.

Like so many other resolutions the promise to maintain better health is often given up on after a short time or never met at all.

Wesley Medical Center's Dr. Lara Otaigbe says following her advice can ensure those healthier habits will fall right into place.

"Probably the most important resolution is to decide to make a life style change. When you make a resolution to eat less carbs or exercise more or whatever a lot of times that seems to take will power," said Otaigbe.

Dr. Otaigbe says will power starts will little portions.

"Three ounces of shrimp  is 83 calories boiled versus 283 calories fried or breaded. So think about things like that. So, would you eat it boiled with a little cocktail sauce or fried or breaded. And think about how much effort it will take you to burn off what you do eat," said Otaigbe.

If you are not a calorie counter and don't use portion control, Dr. Otaigbe says ditch the dinner plate for a salad plate.

" 50 percent of that, half of that plate should be vegetables. Then of the remaining half a quarter would be your carbs and a quarter would be your protein, and  that tends to help pretty much in terms of limiting your portion size as well."

So if you are one of many resolving to lose a couple or just to eat better for the new year, keep in mind that little changes can go a long healthier way.

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