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A new study by the University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology finds nearly half of all Americans – 45% – make New Years’ resolutions, and topping the list is the goal of losing weight. Ranking fifth is the intention to get fit and healthy.

But the same study finds a dismal 8% of us successfully achieve the goals we set as the holiday season closes each year.

When it comes to shedding pounds, abrupt diet overhauls can be biting off more than we can chew, according to Susan French, MS, RD and Clinical Nutrition Manager at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in New Jersey. She talks with Rasa Kaye about incorporating changes to your eating plan that you can live with long-term while improving your overall health and well-being, and shares formulas for gauging your calorie needs and health risks.

To learn more, visit Deborah.org