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1-10-12

Weight Loss Resolution

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions for many Americans who might have indulged in too much holiday food.

The beginning of a new year is the time many people decide to take off weight, including the extra pounds they may have gained during the holidays.  Sara Lopinski, registered dietitian at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, offers advice for shedding those extra pounds.

SOUND BITE:    “. . . the best first step is to set a resolution that is measurable.  So instead of saying ‘my New Year’s resolution is to eat better,’ it would be more advantageous to say ‘I will resolve to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for the next month.’”

Lopinski says the eating plan you choose needs to be balanced in terms of food groups.  If you omit certain food groups such as carbohydrates, you can become deficient in some important nutrients necessary for a healthy diet.  She says your diet should not be so rigid that it cannot be followed.   She also recommends adding exercise to your weight loss plan.

SOUND BITE:   “. . . you can lose weight with just watching what you eat, but you can also lose weight more quickly if you combine it with (TR 4 (0:01) exercise.  And we’re not talking about complicated, expensive gym memberships.  We’re talking about doing 10 to 15 minutes of walking a day for optimal results.”

For more information about recommended foods and portions, Lopinski suggests visiting the website www.myplate.gov.  If individuals have a significant amount of weight to lose or have been unsuccessful in the past, they may need to see a primary care physician or registered dietitian to help them achieve their goals.

This is Ruth Slottag at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.