Health Watch - Resolution Checkup: New Habits

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some reasons you may already be struggling with your new year’s resolution to lose weight. We’ve been talking about how important it is to form new, healthier habits that you can stick with over time instead of trying to make drastic changes that will only discourage you.

In addition to eating smaller portions, focusing on nutritious foods and exercising regularly, there are some other new habits you can develop to help you lose weight and keep it off. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers these suggestions for good new habits: Avoid fast food and set consistent meal times. Don’t starve yourself – you’re more likely to overeat when you get hungry. Eat slowly, and wait a few minutes before you get a second helping because it may take a while before you feel full. Look for ways to socialize that don’t revolve around food.

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January 2011


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