Health Watch -- Losing Holiday Weight: Substitutions

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing weight you gained this holiday season, and maybe that weight you’ve accumulated over a lifetime of holiday seasons. We won’t pretend that losing weight is easy or painless, but there are some things you can do to make it a little easier.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the way you prepare your food can make a difference. For instance, using broth instead of butter for sautéeing or stir frying can save more than 100 calories per tablespoon. If you use nonfat milk instead of whole milk, you save 60 calories per cup. Using plain, non-fat yogurt in place of cream for sauces, dips and toppings saves more than 700 calories per cup.

Another way to improve your diet is to avoid fast food and try to eat at scheduled meal times instead of just grabbing something to eat.


January 2007

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