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Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions for many Americans who might have indulged in too much holiday food.

The beginning of a new year is the time many people decide to take off weight, including the extra pounds they may have gained during the holidays. Sara Lopinski, registered dietitian at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, offers advice for shedding those extra pounds.

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Lopinski says the eating plan you choose needs to be balanced in terms of food groups. If you omit certain food groups such as carbohydrates, you can become deficient in some important nutrients necessary for a healthy diet. She says your diet should not be so rigid that it cannot be followed. She also recommends adding exercise to your weight loss plan.

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For more information about recommended foods and portions, Lopinski suggests visiting the website www.myplate.gov. If individuals have a significant amount of weight to lose or have been unsuccessful in the past, they may need to see a primary care physician or registered dietitian to help them achieve their goals.

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