Health Watch — Quick Weight Loss: The Healthy Plate

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing weight quickly when you need to get ready for a reunion, vacation or other event. It is possible to lose about two pounds a week over the course of a month, but it takes a combination of diet, exercise and support.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one key to quick weight loss is what she calls the “healthy plate.” This is half a plate of low-carbohydrate vegetables such as broccoli, green beans or leafy greens. A quarter of the plate should be high-fiber carbohydrates such as dried beans, whole-wheat pasta, sweet potatoes or fruit. The remaining quarter should be lean protein, such as chicken, salmon or lean beef. Don’t skip meals because that just lowers the metabolism.

Next: Preparing your kitchen for healthy eating. 


June 2007

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