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When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, it's a New Year - so why not make it a New You? Take a look at our clever diet tips to learn how to lose weight and feel great in January.

After an extremely stodgy December, laden with cakes, roast dinners, booze and more chocolate than you can shake a stick at, it's little surprise that millions of us decide to go on a diet in January. We want to lose the weight that we put on over Christmas, and even more besides - and because it feels like everyone else is on a mission to shed the pounds, we want to keep up. We all get a little competitive and because we're so competitive, it can mean that we wind up on some silly diet or weird eating plan. We want to help you lose weight without resorting to drastic measures, so read on for 5 of our favorite dieting tips ever and embrace the New You this New Year.

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Make Slow, Steady Changes

Remember that old saying "slow and steady wins the race"? Who won the race? The tortoise or the hare? The hare did, of course! Making slow, steady changes is the key to weight loss, whichever approach you choose to take. Don't challenge yourself to lose something stupid like 50lb in 50 days - and don't try to change everything about your diet in just one day or one week. You want to add more fiber to your diet, as it improves your digestion. You also want to add more protein, as it helps you build and maintain muscle - and muscle helps you burn more calories. You should also try to increase your fruit and veggie intake, reduce the amount of fat you eat and eat more low fat dairy. But by now, you probably know all of that. 

What you need to remember is that you should try to make changes slowly, so that these changes become habits that you can follow for the rest of your life.

Add More Color to Your Diet

That doesn't mean choose the purple-covered candy bar rather than the red-covered candy bar. Nope, it means add more variety to your diet in the form of lots of fruits and veggies in all of the colors of the rainbow. Raspberries and berries, oranges, sharon fruits, bananas, plenty of leafy green veggies, aubergines, red cabbage and much, much more. Make an effort to put lots of different colors into your trolley when you're shopping. Fruits and veggies are nutritious, filling, low in fat and calories and they make an excellent addition to your meals. They're also a great snack. Don't be afraid to choose different meat colors, too. Although that might sound a little strange, we mean that you should try things like game meats, plenty of lean protein, and more unusual meats like duck and venison. Not only are they delicious but also lower in fat and calories than more "conventional" meats like beef, pork and chicken. Give them a try - you might just be surprised! And remember - always choose cuts that have been trimmed of fat. Cooking the meat then draining the fat afterwards gets rid of some fat, but not enough.

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