Allison Warren sat down with Susan Peirce Thompson, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester and an author, to discuss New Year’s resolutions.

Many people set a resolution of losing weight for the new year – usually by joining a gym. Thompson says while this is a great goal, it’s best to focus on what you’re eating, not just exercise.

In addition to eating right, Thompson says the following tips can help:

  • Reduce stress.  Stress and the emotional regulation that go along with it taxes your willpower.  Go easy on yourself during this time – weight loss is incredibly stressful on the body. Susan encourages people in the weight-loss phase to wear “bunny slippers.”
  • Get enough sleep. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Sleep is a powerful willpower replenisher.
  • Clean Out Your Kitchen. Donate, give away, or throw away everything that is not on your Food Plan. Creating an environment that will support you in achieving your goals is critical.
  • Start journaling. Thompson recommends starting three separate journals: a gratitude journal, a food journal, and a five year journal. Pre-planning what you’re going to eat the next day, by writing it in your food journal, is the #1 thing you can do to bolster your success, and it only takes two minutes.
  • Take the Food Freedom Quiz online:

You can see more of Thompson’s tips on how eat better and achieve sustainable, long-term weight loss, as well as buy her book Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free at