Health Watch - Resolution Checkup: A Quick Start

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the reasons you may be failing to keep your new year’s resolution to lose weight. Sometimes, being too enthusiastic may lead you to failure.

When you’re eager to make a change, you want to get off to a quick start. It’s tempting to begin a diet by starving yourself to get immediate results. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that could be dangerous for your health. It also isn’t likely to lead to long-term success. You can’t stick to a starvation diet for long, and you’re not learning the kinds of new habits it takes to lose weight and keep it off in the long term.

For weight-loss success, you should focus your diet on nutritious, low-calorie foods; you should eat smaller portions; and you should add regular exercise to your schedule. To get a slimmer appearance more quickly, incorporate weight training in your exercise program. It will help make you look firmer and slimmer.

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January 2011


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