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True or False: Debunking New Year's Resolutions Myths on What's New

Did you make a resolution for the New Year? Check out which resolutions made the list.

CLEVELAND — Research shows only about ten percent of Americans who make resolutions keep them beyond the first few months. Dr. Frank Esper from Cleveland Clinic joins What’s New to take a closer look at the myths associated with the ambitious New Year’s Resolutions people make.

Roughly 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year and the most common New Year’s Resolutions are about health and well-being.

We took some of the most popular resolutions and broke them down explaining whether they are a myth or fact below:

Most people want to lose weight or at least start eating healthier. So first up: Choosing foods that are gluten-free is healthier (Myth)

  • Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye grains. A health care professional is likely to prescribe a gluten-free eating plan to treat people who have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten.
  • There is no harm in avoiding gluten, but remember to consume a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. If you can tolerate gluten but are looking to shed a few pounds, focus on choosing appropriate portions of whole, minimally processed foods from a variety of food groups. You’ll find success — and you’ll feel great.
  • TIP: Before you decide to avoid a whole food group, talk with your health care professional if you believe you have problems after you certain foods or drinks.

Let’s Talk Diets! If you’re looking for the number one ranked diet to start, it’s Keto. (MYTH)

  • Long recommended by our Heart and Vascular Institute, the Mediterranean Diet ranked first by US News and World Report's 2020 ranking of best diets.
  • The diet focuses on eating less red meat, sugar and saturated fat and more Omega-3-rich fish and olive oil. The diet has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • If you are interested in a ketogenic diet, which shifts your body from burning sugar for energy to burning stored body fat, we encourage you to talk to your doctor first.

Working out more is a big one! So Myth or Fact, Physical activity only counts if you do it for long periods of time. (Myth)

  • You don’t need to be active for long periods to get the amount of regular physical activity recommended in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which is at least 150 minutes, or 2 hours and 30 minutes, of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
  • An example of moderate-intensity activity is brisk walking. You can spread these sessions out over the week and even do short, 10-minute spurts of activity 3 times a day on 5 or more days a week.
  • TIP: Find ways to build short bursts of physical activity into your day. While at work, take a 10-minute walking break or have a “walking,” rather than a “sitting” meeting, if work and schedule permit. Use stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Get off the bus one stop early. Meet a friend for a walk, instead of a meal.

Some people want to be more active parents in 2020. So Myth or Fact, Doctors recommend little kids only have one hour of screen time a day. FACT

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that screen use be limited to 1 hour a day for kids ages 2 to 5 years, and that parents be aware of WHAT they are watching.
  • As your child grows, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work as well. So set reasonable limits for your child's screen time, create technology-free zones or times, such as during mealtimes and keep screens out of your child's bedroom.
  • Limit your own screen time. When you are on your device, you’re not interacting with your child. Therefore, you’re not giving them those nonverbal cues they need in order to develop and learn their language.


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