Health Watch - Advice: Couples

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the importance of advice and support in helping maintain a healthy lifestyle. Married couples gain more weight than singles, but when couples decide to lose weight, they may have an advantage.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says couples can turn to each other for support in losing weight. They can work out together, encourage each other and watch their food intake together. Newlyweds can put all the kitchen gear they got as wedding gifts to good use by learning to cook nutritious meals at home. Couples can save money and watch what they eat while still having a date night by cooking together. Just avoid the temptation to go back for multiple helpings by only cooking enough for two instead of using recipes designed for a whole family.

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January 2010

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