Home > Diet and nutrition > How to lose weight sensibly 29 December 2014 Keeping that weight loss resolution If you're one of the many Americans who plan to lose weight next year, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success, an expert says. 1 Woman using measuring tape with apple. ~ Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting Start with selecting a diet you can stick with.Read: Is 'slow and steady' weight loss really the best approach?"It should be clear by now that there is no one diet that works for everyone," Jill Ashbey-Pejoves, lead dietician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release.One that works for you"The best diet is the one that works for you. Don't starve yourself or eliminate entire food groups," she advised.If you want to lose weight, you need to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, she said.Deprivation diets don't work because depriving yourself of something just makes you want to eat it even more.Plan what you'll eat each day, so you won't be forced into a quick decision and make a poor choice.Eliminate unhealthy snacksPack your own lunch and snacks. Eliminate unhealthy snacks and desserts from your home and replace them with fruit, Ashbey-Pejoves said.Track your eating habits. Doing so keeps you focused and honest and helps you plan and see what works and what doesn't.Any weight loss effort should include exercise. A mix of aerobics, resistance training and stretching is best. Resistance workouts build muscle and muscle burns more calories. Doing only aerobics may not help you lose weight because that type of exercise stimulates appetite, Ashbey-Pejoves said.Read: 8 simple diet rulesBe sure to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of caffeine-free beverages.Every meal should begin with a salad or broth-based vegetable soup. They help you feel full because of their high water content, but are low in calories. Many salad dressing are high in calories, so try seasoned rice vinegar instead, Ashbey-Pejoves said.Use smaller platesShe also suggested that you use smaller plates; fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, put out a fruit bowl, and eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.Read More:Portion sizes: getting it right Simple maths equals easy weight lossTim Noakes' Eating Plan vs. balanced weight loss diets Image: Woman using measuring tape with apple from Shutterstock. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Diet and nutrition How to make sure you achieve your goals More: Diet and nutritionHow to lose weight sensibly advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.