Health Watch - Resolution Checkup: Getting Help

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the reasons why you may be struggling with your new year’s resolution to lose weight. Weight loss requires a long-term commitment and new habits that you can sustain over time. Sometimes, you may need guidance in developing those new habits.

Bookstores are full of guides on how to lose weight, and there are a variety of organizations, systems, foods and other products to help with weight loss. Weight loss is a huge industry in the United States. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says before you invest in books, prepared meals or weight-loss systems, you should consider consulting a registered dietitian. A dietitian can design a diet and exercise plan just for you, taking into consideration your specific needs, goals and lifestyle. The custom approach isn’t just for the rich and famous.

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January 2011


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