Health Watch -- Losing Holiday Weight: Moderation

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing holiday weight — or any other weight you may have resolved to lose in the new year. Losing weight may seem like a major endeavor, but Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says moderation is the key.

You didn’t gain your extra weight all at once. Just 150 extra calories a day — a chocolate chip cookie or a can of non-diet soda — can add up to an extra pound in about three weeks. Now you just need to apply the same principle to losing the weight, cutting a couple of hundred calories out of your diet each day by making minor changes. Remember that even nutritious, low-calorie food can cause you to gain weight if you eat too much of it.

Next on Health Watch, we’ll offer some tips for making moderate changes to your diet.


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January 2007

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