Health Watch - Resolution Checkup: Environment

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If you’re like many of us, those resolutions you made at the start of the year have already fallen by the wayside. It’s not too late to get back on track, so this week on Health Watch, we’ll look at some attitudes and actions that could be keeping you from being successful in your resolution to lose weight. One thing that could be holding you back is your environment.

When you get hungry, what’s easier for you to grab and eat, a bag of potato chips or some carrot sticks? If it’s the chips, then you may have a hard time losing weight. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you’ll improve your chances by clearing the fattening, unhealthy food from your home. Then fill your refrigerator and pantry with the foods you should be eating, like fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. If it’s most convenient to grab something nutritious when you get hungry, you’re more likely to eat the right foods.     


January 2011

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