bob-harper-biggest-loser-season-16-nbc.JPGThe beginning of the new year can be tough for people who are trying to make healthy changes in their lives. Sure, there’s the motivation and excitement that comes from putting your mental and physical well-being back on track, but there’s also that feeling of fear that comes from such a daunting and overwhelming task.

Knowing that it can be difficult for those trying to make a positive change in their lives, “Biggest Loser” trainers Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, Jessie Pavelka, Jennifer Widerstrom and host Alison Sweeney shared a few of their go-to health tips with Zap2it.

Take a look below to see what Sweeney and the trainers had to say:

1. Make sure reality and expectations are working together

“Look in the mirror and say, ‘Look, this is what I’m doing, this is where I’m at,'” Pavelka tells Zap2it. “[Don’t] look at a magazine and say, ‘I want to look like that.’ Look in the mirror and say, ‘This is me, this is what’s going on in my life right now, this is what I want to have happen.’ You have to have a really honest conversation with yourself and say, ‘What am I capable of right now?’ And [you have to] make sure that reality and expectations are working together.”

2. Don’t forget to snack

“When I’m going out — party, dinner, whatever it is — I always have a snack before I go,” reveals Widerstrom. “I don’t show up starving anymore. I used to be like, ‘Ooh, it’s my favorite restaurant, I can’t wait.’ And then I would [have bread] and order, and order, and order and order, and I wasn’t making clear decisions because I was so hungry. So I think snacking before going out is huge.”

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3. Moderation is key

“I think that the number one health tip for me that I really believe in is moderation,” says Sweeney. “This is my whole life. It’s not a diet. And I feel like people diet and they feel like it means deprivation or torture, and it doesn’t have to. You don’t have to be hungry all of the time to be successfully losing weight. You should find foods that you like that are good for you, and get behind that.”

4. Find something that you actually enjoy doing

“I think that when it comes to exercise, I try to get people to really look at what they enjoy doing because you’ll never sustain any kind of exercise that you don’t enjoy,” says Harper. “I do CrossFit, I love to do CrossFit, so it’s like, I’m going to get up in the morning and I’m looking forward to going. You have to find something like that.”

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5. Small changes are important

“I think [people] fail to look at the small things in between,” says Pavelka. “You have to have your end game and get excited about that, but you have to remember to map out those small changes you have to make in between. What are those small changes you can make every day?”

6. Don’t be afraid of your kitchen

“I really, firmly believe that people need to find their way back into their own kitchens and not let that be a tool in their own unhealthiness,” says Sweeney. “If you’re in charge of your own recipes and your own diet plan, then you’re going to cook so much better for yourself than fast food or frozen food.”

7. Treat alcohol as a carbohydrate

“I always look at the cocktail or red wine and your drinks as your carbohydrates,” says Widerstrom. “So if you’re at a dinner, let the wine be your carb and your dinner needs to be a protein and vegetable … because if you carb with a potato and rice and you carb with your wine, you’re doubling up. It’s too much.”

8. Most importantly, remember to do you

“Before I do anything else, I do me,” says Quince. “I wake up in the morning and I think of what I can do for me today. Some sort of movement, some sort of activity. It could be a SoulCycle class. It could be a hike. It could be a walk on the beach. I do me.”

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