Health Watch — Obesity Dangers: Healthy Weight Loss

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the health risks associated with obesity and the high-calorie, sedentary lifestyle that contributes to obesity. The way to prevent or fight obesity is with lifestyle changes.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should avoid starving yourself to lose weight because that just lowers the metabolism, making it even harder to lose weight. Instead of skipping meals, eat smaller portions of nutritious food. The ideal healthy plate should consist of half a plate of low-carbohydrate vegetables, a quarter plate of lean protein and a quarter plate of high-fiber carbohydrates. This diet is good for your body, no matter what shape you’re in. You should also incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle. Try a mix of cardiovascular activity, such as walking, and strength training to build muscle.


September 2007

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