Health Watch — Weight Loss: Preparation

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It may be too late to get in swimsuit shape before summer ends, but if you’re trying to lose weight you gained on vacation or if you’re looking at the start of the school year as a chance to revive your New Year’s resolution, it’s as good a time as any to start. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about weight loss, from simple tips to more extreme measures.

The first thing to do if you decide to lose weight is get your kitchen in shape. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should start by getting all the fattening, high-calorie foods out of your pantry and refrigerator. Then go shopping to refill the kitchen with nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. It’s easier to eat better if the food is handy and as convenient as junk food.

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August 2008

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