Health Watch -- Losing Holiday Weight: Adding Good Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing the pounds you put on during the holiday season — and during previous holiday seasons. One reason diets fail so often is the feeling of deprivation. It’s hard to give up foods we enjoy, and a diet sounds dreary when it focuses on what you can’t have.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a better approach is to think in terms of adding nutritious foods to your diet instead of concentrating on what you shouldn’t have. Look for “power” foods with high nutritional value. Some good choices include cranberries, sweet potatoes, colorful vegetables and leafy greens. Nuts make a good heart-healthy snack, and red wine is a good source of antioxidants.

Next: Some food substitutions you can make.


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January 2007

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