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.


January 2007

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