8 simple habits to change for a healthier 2018

As sure as the ball drops on New Year's Eve, each year millions of Americans make big, lofty New Year's resolutions to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. But without specific, attainable goals in mind, those ambitious resolutions tend to quickly fall by the wayside. Experts say that focusing on smaller changes instead can make a bigger difference in the long run.

"Instead of resolutions, make accessible, realistic goals that lead to long term lifestyle changes," Keri Glassman, a registered dietician and author of "The New You (and Improved!) Diet," told CBS News.

To get started, try implementing these simple changes in your daily life to make 2018 your healthiest year yet.

Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast

You've heard the advice "Don't skip breakfast!" over and over, and with good reason. Packing the most important meal of the day with protein is even better. In fact, studies have shown that eating a breakfast high in protein helps people eat less throughout the day. 

"This is not because it was purposeful restriction," explained Roberta Anding, RD, a sports nutritionist for Rice Athletics and the Houston Astros. "It's just a decreased hunger response." 

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