A popular New Year's resolution in to lose weight, and diet plays a big role in reaching that goal.

Mankato Clinic Dietician Erin Gonzalez said less than half of people who set weight loss goals are still on track 6 months later.

So to stick with it, she suggests switching that goal from losing weight to a making a positive change.

"Set more positive nutrition goals like 'I'm going to eat two more vegetables a day' or 'once a day I'm going to swap out a pop for a glass of sparkling water,'" Gonzalez said.

Goals like these are measurable and can provide the structure needed to make a change.

Establishing a healthier relationship with food can also help the success of the goal. This can be done by working with a dietician and learning about intuitive eating.

"That really allows you to learn how to listen to your body's hunger cues of when am I hungry, and when am I eating for reasons other than hungry," she said.

Another tip is to focus on adding instead of subtracting from your diet.

"A lot of what we do is focusing on taking this out and taking this out," she said. "It feels defeated after a period of time. And so instead, think about how can I add something into my day that I wasn't doing before."

The same goes with having a cheat day.

"Rather than doing that, I say it's choosing and that's part of where we bring flexibility into making decisions," Gonzalez said. "If you want to have a treat, then bring it in and make it part of the meal plan."

If you use your choices to bring balance and variety into your diet, you can be on your way to a healthier 2018.

--KEYC News 12.