Health Watch — Next Year: Losing Weight

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 This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about making changes for the new year. If you’ve vowed to lose weight, starting January 1, you may be tempted to go all-out. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that could be a bad idea.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the key to losing weight and keeping it off is long-term behavioral changes. Starving yourself for quick results could damage your health. To get results, take a three-pronged approach. Change your diet to include nutritious, low-calorie food in smaller portions. Focus on lean proteins, low-carbohydrate vegetables and high-fiber foods. Exercise regularly, and include strength training. Developing muscle will help you look leaner. It also helps to work on the buddy system. Find a friend with similar goals and encourage each other.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.


December 2007

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