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Check Out the New MyPlate and Free Stronger Workouts

By JESS BARRON and JEFFREY STOREY

We’re hoping to make 2014 your fittest year yet! Our New Year’s gift to you is a new and improved MyPlate that now includes LIVESTRONG.COM's on-demand video fitness program, Stronger – completely free!

MyPlate, LIVESTRONG.COM's free food and fitness tracker, now has several great new features and tools to help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals.

TRACK is now as easy as it gets.  With our new One-Click Tracking, tracking your food and exercise is fast, simple and straightforward - because your time is valuable and counting calories shouldn't be a chore!

REPORTS is a handy tool that shows you a complete nutritional breakdown of the foods you eat each day.  Want to know which foods have the most salt or how close you are to your daily goals?  This is the place to get all the info you need.  You may be be surprised to find out the source of your calories, fat, or cholesterol - this tool takes all the mystery out of what you are eating!

PROGRESS is a place to upload your "before" and "after" photos, to write down your goals, upload inspiring photos and keep track of how you are doing in your effort to reach your goals.

CONVERSATIONS is a space where you can interact and discuss any and all health and fitness topics (including food tracking, fitness, weight loss, running, quitting smoking, food and recipes, top gear and more) with the LIVESTRONG.COM community and our knowledgeable Topic Guides.

As a current MyPlate user, you will have the ability to stay with the classic version or move over to the new version to use the new features. You can even toggle back and forth between the two versions.

In addition to all the MyPlate updates, we are offering free daily 30-minute STRONGER video workouts to keep you on track with your New Year's goals.

STRONGER is a new fitness program led by celebrity trainer Nicky Holender, which includes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), plyometrics, strength training, and recovery and flexibility.  Stronger makes working out fun with challenging moves, motivational support, and an awesome cast.  Check it out!

Try out the new MyPlate and the free STRONGER workout videos, and let us know what you think!  We would love to hear from you.

To view the STRONGER videos once you are logged-in within the new MyPlate experience, select the Workouts tab.

View the STRONGER videos by selecting the “Workouts” tab in MyPlate

We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain your health and fitness goals in 2014!  We can't wait to see your "Before" and "After" photos (by the way, here’s some helpful info on how to take your “Before” pics) and read your comments and stories about your progress.  You CAN do this! Join our 2014 Stronger Challenge Group.

Readers - What are your 2014 diet and fitness goals? What do you think about the new MyPlate and free STRONGER workouts? Are there more improvements or changes you’d like to see? Leave a comment below and let us know.

–Jess

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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