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Tips on how to eat better while trying to get healthy

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(SBGTV) -- We're halfway through with the first month of the new year.

For many, that means they've been hard at work on their new year's resolutions.

Many are hitting the gym in the hopes of attaining a healthier lifestyle.

So you're back in the gym, exercising regularly but you probably already know that's not enough.

"You can work out as much as you want but if you don't eat right your results won't be what you want them to be," said Natalie Cannady.

She runs a hospital fitness center but still finds it hard to get the diet part right for herself and her family

"My 6 year old daughter Kendall she is a snack machine," she said.

Tonya Johnson is the director of nutritional services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

She's also a mom who makes healthy eating a priority in her own home.

"I'm the fruit lady - the crazy fruit lady at the ball park my kids don't eat nachos," said Johnson.

Johnson says following these four rules can make losing weight and getting well easier than you might think and number one on the list avoid diets and diet products.

"No matter what pill they want you to take or what drink they want you to drink you're restricting your calories and increasing your exercise so you can do that on your own without a pill without a product," she said.

Second, focus on portion control.

"Get a smaller plate eat smaller portions that's gonna help with long term weight loss."

Third, only keep healthy foods at home like low fat yogurt, lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables

"And then when you get hungry instead of grabing the bag of chips or the cookies you're gonnagrab what's in your house and that's gonna be a healthier item."

And lastly, Johnson says the key to it all is making your own meals

"A lot of our food dollars are spent eating out when really we could eat healthier at home for a lot less money if we planned ahead."

"We're getting out of the eating out all the time thank goodness getting back to cooking."

So far for Natalie it's been an easy transition and one she's confident her family will be able to follow through with for not just the year but for a lifetime.

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