Health Watch — Managing Weight: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about managing your weight — a timely topic for the eating season. Previously, we discussed how easy it is to put on weight over the holidays with all the extra calories that come from treats, feasts and parties. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to gaining weight, though. You just need a strategy.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one thing to do is focus on the healthy holiday foods you can enjoy instead of thinking about depriving yourself. Cranberries and nuts are good nutritional choices, for instance. At a party, you can enjoy a glass of red wine and get a number of health benefits, with a fraction of the calories you’d find in egg nog. Portion control is another important strategy. Don’t overload your plate even with nutritional foods. Eat slowly so your body can recognize that it’s full. Avoid temptation by socializing away from the party buffet table.

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


June 2007

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