Health Watch -- A Fresh Start: Weight Loss Strategies

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We’re talking about reaching your weight loss goals this week on Health Watch. Previously, we discussed clearing your kitchen of temptations and stocking your refrigerator and pantry with good-for-you foods. But there’s also a mental and emotional component to changing your habits and losing weight.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, suggests setting one or two initial goals that you can stick to, like switching to low-fat milk if you usually drink whole milk, or eating more vegetables. You can then add more goals along the way as you achieve your initial goals. Another strategy is keeping a food journal. When you record what you eat, food choices become reality instead of just abstract thoughts.

 Next on Health Watch: how to form new habits.


Janaury 2006

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