Health Watch - Swimsuit Shape: Wedding Weight

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting into swimsuit shape. Summer’s skimpier clothing makes us more self-conscious of our weight. If you’ve been married recently, you may have another reason to be worried about your weight. Research has shown that married people put on six to nine more pounds than singles do.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says couples have some advantages in keeping pounds off. For one thing, they have a built-in support system. They can exercise together and encourage each other to eat better. Newlyweds can take advantage of all those kitchen gadgets they got as wedding gifts to learn how to prepare nutritious meals at home. Eating at home is usually lower in calories as well as being less expensive. Just make sure to cook only enough for two so you’re not tempted to take second or third helpings of the meals you’ve cooked.`

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July 2009

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