By Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie, REDBOOK
Forget grand, sweeping promises that quickly flame out (starting today, no more cookies-ever!). It's time to focus on one simple health change you can stick with, like these readers. Here's help.
1. I Want To... Quit Sipping Diet Soda
"My mom has osteoporosis, and her doctor told her to give up soft drinks because they may weaken bones. I have a daily diet soda habit, and want to avoid the same fate." -ANN W., 28, OKLAHOMA CITY
Your game plan: First, relax. No cold turkey! Ramping down gradually is the best way to quit any dietary habit, says dietitian Keri Gans, R.D. Start by subbing a different brand for your usual fix. Why? "You won't love it quite as much, making it easier to cut down," Gans says. After a few days, stop at half a can per day. After another week, go to every other day for a while. At that point, your habit has been thoroughly interrupted and you can drop the stuff completely or switch to sparkling water withRead More »from 4 Health Resolutions You Can Make