Set realistic goals for diet, exercise

Healthy ways to shed winter weight

Make realistic goals that are achievable to lose winter weight.

The weather will soon warm up, which may give people the energy to start exercising and eating healthy again.

But, after months of hibernation, they may be wondering how to begin.

“Number one, make realistic goals that you can actually achieve,” said Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian for Cleveland Clinic. “So that might mean instead of saying, ‘Oh I want to lose 30 pounds before summer,’ maybe make a goal to lose one pound in the next week. And then you keep adding to those goals.”

It is also important not to get too distracted by looking a certain way in a swimsuit, or getting caught up in the number on the scale.