9 Nice Things to Do for Your Body Instead of Dieting in 2019

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"Diet" and "New Year's resolution" are two concepts in close association. Losing weight has long since dominated people's new-year goals. But being unkind to your body is not really our vibe for 2019. According to a YouGov poll, the most common health-related resolutions shared by Americans in 2018 were to eat healthier, get more exercise, and focus on self-care. These are notably different from the resolutions that topped people's lists a decade ago, when "lose weight" was the number one health-related aspiration of 2008. This pattern shows that slowly but surely people are moving away from unattainable, doomed diet plans and toward a more balanced approach to food that's more about getting well than losing weight for the sake of it.

To continue this trajectory, we've put together a list of health-focused aspirations to pursue in 2019 that have nothing to do with dieting. Forget calorie-counting, liquid cleanses, and other unhealthy diet behaviors, and try one (or all) of these things instead.