Health Watch — Quick Weight Loss: The Buddy System

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how you can shed up to about 10 pounds in a month so you can get ready for a summer event such as a reunion or vacation. Trying to lose more than that could endanger your health. Eating nutritious, balanced meals — and not skipping meals — and exercising regularly are important parts of a weight-loss plan, but you might need some extra help.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says finding a buddy who’s going through the same weight-loss program can help you go after your goal and stick with the program.

It’s also important not to go right back to your old habits after the event. Regaining lost weight is unhealthy, so try to make long-term behavioral and eating changes that will help you keep the weight off.


June 2007

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