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To lose some weight

December 31, 2009 - Blaine Hyska
I’ve added a few pounds this year. OK, I’ve gained more than a few pounds. I’ve always been “big boned,” but this is too much.

My New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight.

Thankfully, we get a lot of expert advice here at The Daily News. The e-mail never stops. We receive unsolicited tips from all corners of the world.

One such e-mail came from Dr. Bruce Weiss of the Medical Director for United Healthcare of Michigan.

More than one-third of American adults – over 72 million people – are obese, Dr. Weiss says, including 29.5 percent of Michigan residents.

At least I’m not alone.

Dr. Weiss offers some tips to help us lose weight:

— Don’t fry foods. Instead bake, broil, roast, boil or microwave for less fat and fewer calories.

— Choose fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks, rather than chips, cookies or soda.

— Remove the salt shaker from the kitchen table and stovetop to avoid cooking with salt or using it at meals. Use salt-free seasoning instead.

— When eating out, ask to substitute high-sodium, high-fat side dishes like French fries or onion rings with more healthy alternatives such as plain baked potato or unsalted vegetables.

— Limit the size of your portion. People usually eat most of what is on their plates, regardless of the actual amount of food. Use smaller plates to help control the size of portions.

— Balance your “food checkbook.” Keep a daily diary of what you eat, your physical activity and your weight.

— Make exercise a part of your normal day. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator or take a walk during lunch.

Let’s see if this works in 2010.


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