Health Watch -- Losing Holiday Weight

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If you’re like many Americans, all the treats, parties and big meals during the holiday season have left you a little heavier than you were before Thanksgiving. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say it’s best to take care of those extra pounds now, before they add up. This week on Health Watch, we’ll be offering some tips to help you do that.

While the dreaded holiday weight gain may be up to seven pounds, most people only gain a pound or two. But Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern, says those one or two pounds can add up over the years if you don’t lose them. In a decade, you could be 10 to 20 pounds heavier. That can lead to obesity, which brings with it a number of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

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