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10 Tips for New Year weight loss

Karen Hawthorne is a health and lifestyle writer and producer in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including Glow, Homemakers, BestHealthMag.ca and the National Post.

New Year’s weight loss tricks

After a season of bingeing on shortbread and eggnog, it’s time to put into action your new year's resolution to get fit (and lose weight in the process). Here are 10 no-nonsense, non-intimidating, calorie-minimizing tips, courtesy of personal trainer Trina Lambe.

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Satisfy your

sweet tooth sensibly

Curb those dessert pangs with options that are low on calories but big on flavor such as low-cal dessert yogurts, hard candies and flavorful chewing gum. These will give you that sweet taste without putting you into sugar overload.

8

Walk this way

You can easily burn more calories throughout the day by adding to your typical walking routes. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking an extra block to the office and parking the car in the spot furthest away. These tricks can all add up and make a difference on the scale.

9

Social exercise

Health Canada recommends 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day, but that doesn't all need to happen at the gym. In the new year, make dates and social gatherings active, such as ice skating, hiking, skiing and dancing with friends.

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Guzzle often

A glass of water

You can often mistake dehydration for hunger. Keeping your body hydrated with at least two liters of liquids a day will keep more of those snacking urges at bay. You don't have to limit yourself to water; low-calorie alternatives include herbal teas and sparkling water with lime, as well as fruits and vegetables high in water content.

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