This article appears in How To magazine 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 70.7 percent of adults 20 and older are overweight or obese. Annually, weight loss is a top New Year’s resolution for many Americans.

Scores of gyms, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists and publications attest to the fact that losing weight is no easy task. Avoid wasting time on fads and quick-fix solutions by settling on a pragmatic lifestyle fit.

Top weight-loss options piquing interest in 2018, according to Men’s Fitness (that also work for women), include:

— The Murph Crossfit Workout: Named for a Navy SEAL who was killed in action, the sequence involves wearing a weighted vest.

— The Tabata Workout: Developed to train speed skaters, this high-intensity workout includes short rest periods between exercises and is intended to burn fat because heart rate stays high.

— Plant-based (vegan) diets: A few informative sites are Forks Over Knives, Happy Herbivore, Straight Up Food and Cooking with Plants.

— The Tom Brady diet: The NFL quarterback’s liquid-based plan, involving a high intake of water, smoothies and protein shakes.

— The Mediterranean diet: Combines the Italian, Greek and Spanish methods of eating focusing on vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats.

Wholebodysoulhealth.com asserts that weight loss can be achieved by simply changing bad habits, such as ordering large-portion, calorie-laden meals in a restaurant, snacking frequently, skipping a protein-packed breakfast, and not making time for exercise.

Fitday.com confirms that cutting out all soda — even diet soda — can result in weight loss.

And USA TODAY offered research in December indicating that continued, long-term, healthy weight loss involves brain re-programming so that nutrition and fitness are as regular a task as brushing teeth and combing hair. In order to make smart, habitual choices, they must be simple and attainable.