Health Watch — Quick Weight Loss: The Lean Pantry

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how to lose a few pounds quickly without endangering your health. Eating right is a big part of your weight-loss plan. Previously, we talked about the contents of the “healthy plate” for meals. But you also need to keep a healthy pantry to make it easier to eat right.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests fighting temptation by getting fattening candy, treats and sweets out of the house. Then fill your pantry and refrigerator with nutritious foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, whole-grain foods and nuts. That way, when you’re hungry, your only choice is something good for you. But remember to keep portion sizes under control. Eating too much of even a good food can make you gain weight.   



June 2007

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