With the New Year right around the corner, many people begin taking stock of their life and thinking about the things they’d like to change. They may decide their eating habits are one thing they need to get under control. But do you know how to make positive changes in your diet which you can live with?

Why wait until the New Year to begin making changes to your diet? You can start right now. Begin by taking a look in your cupboards. What foods do you have which aren’t good choices on a healthy eating plan? Rather than tossing those foods out, add healthy choices and eat less of the not-so-good choices.

Set realistic goals and write them down. Don’t try to lose 50 pounds in a month – it simply won’t happen. Making positive changes to your diet can help you lose one to two pounds a week healthfully, but it might be foolhardy to try to lose any more. To lose one pound per week, you’ll want to eat 3,500 calories less or expend more energy to equal this number.

Make plans to eat a healthy breakfast every day. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. The best breakfast choices include a serving of protein, whole grains and some type of fruit. These will provide you with the energy you need to get you through your morning.

Rather than eating three large meals each day, eat six smaller meals. When you choose smaller meals you’ll be less likely to overeat during the remainder of the day. You can keep healthy snacks at your desk so you’re not tempted to go by the snack machine.

Cut out junk food as much as possible. It doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a candy bar; you simply don’t eat them on a regular basis. Choose fresh fruits if you crave sweets. Do you want something crunchy? Carrot or celery sticks would be a better choice than potato chips.

Staying hydrated is also important, but you’ll want to choose water rather than drinking sugary drinks and sodas. Water doesn’t have any calories and it can fill you up. Drinking up to 6 ½ cups of water a day can actually help you burn an extra 200 calories per day. It also helps flush fats from your system so drinking it instead of carbonated beverages is a win-win choice.

Choose whole grains over refined white bread. Natural sugar sources such as Stevia and agave would be better choices over refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Making these small changes to your diet may not seem like much, but you would be surprised how much of a difference they can make.

Try out new, healthier recipes. Foods you’ve never tasted before can also encourage you to stick to your new diet. You will find the array of healthy, tasty foods is much more than you first thought. You may even find making positive changes to your diet is the best New Year’s resolution you’ve made and stuck to.