One pie-crust promise that often tops lists of New Year's resolutions is to get fitter by going on a diet. But most people fall off the health bandwagon just a few weeks after making this weight-loss vow. As many health professionals will tell you, there's no such thing as a temporary or quick fix when it comes to fitness.
Whether he or she tells you the brutally honest truth or takes a more demure approach, your doctor wants you to hear -- loudly and clearly -- that fad diets don't work. One diet tip your doctor may offer is to eat frequent, small meals to boost your metabolism, fueling the fat-burning process. He or she also yearns for your "aha moment," when you realize there's no way to get around exercise to reach your perfect weight (and to maintain it).
We've got more diet tips from doctors on the next page.