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Family Nutrition In Action
January 2005, Vol. 9, No. 1


This newsletter is supported with funding from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education CHI' LDR
program, USDA's Food Stamp Program, Florida Department of Children and Families, and & FAMILIES
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, in collaboration with state, county, and local
agencies. The Food Stamp Program gives nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you
buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-342-9274 (toll-free).

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New Year's and Weight Loss

With the beginning of each New Year
comes a sense of excitement and
expectation. For many, it is a time to
set new goals and make New Year's
Resolutions. In this country, loosing
weight is among the most popular of
these resolutions. If weight loss is your
goal, be sure to keep good nutrition
and exercise in mind. Select an
approach to weight loss that is healthy
and that you can live with.

Quick Weight Loss Won't
Last

Avoid fad diets and quickie weight loss
programs. These may help you loose a
few pounds quickly but most people
gain their weight back quickly as well.
A fad/quickie diet is fairly easy to
recognize. It is a diet that:

Claims that a particular food or
herb can burn fat.

Requires you to eat large
amounts of 1 type of food (for
example: only grapefruits one
day; only cabbage soup the
next day).


Is very strict, requiring specific
foods at specific times of day.
(For example: orange juice at
7:00 am; no bread after 6:00
pm.)

Claims that you will loose more
than 2 pounds a week.

Does not recommend even
moderate physical activity such
as walking

Does not provide warnings to
people with diabetes or other
chronic diseases or conditions.







Choosing a Healthy Weight
Loss Diet

A healthy approach to weight loss can
be as simple as eating smaller portions
of a variety of foods and getting a little
more physical activity. However, some
people need or prefer an actual diet
plan. A healthy weight loss diet is one
that:


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* Considers your current eating
habits and the foods that you
like.

* Considers the weight that is
appropriate for you.

* Recommends a weight loss of
1-2 pounds per week no
more!

* Teaches good food habits for
your lifetime not just for
weight loss.

* Provides a support system
(telephone calls, group
meetings...)

* Incorporates physical activity.

* Considers pre-existing health
risks such as diabetes or high
blood pressure.


More to Think About

When you decide to loose weight, set
realistic goals. You may believe that
you need to loose 30 pounds, but
even a small weight loss can improve
your health. Physical activity is
important to loose and keep weight
off. Sleep is important too. Getting a
good night's sleep can help control
your appetite.


Loosing weight can be very hard. To
be successful, you must be up to the
challenge. The best time to begin a
weight loss program is when you are
ready not necessarily at the New
Year!


For additional information, contact your local County Extension Office:


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IFAS EXTENSION


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity _Affirmative
Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals
and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, IFAS, Florida
A. & M. UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM, AND BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
COOPERATING.




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Family Nutrition In Action January 2005, Vol. 9, No. 1 This newsletter is supported with funding from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, USDAs Food Stamp Program, Florida Department of Children and Families, and University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, in collaboration with state, county, and local agencies. The Food Stamp Program gives nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-342-9274 (toll-free). New Years and Weight Loss Is very strict, requiring specific foods at specific times of day. (For example: orange juice at 7:00 am; no bread after 6:00 pm.) With the beginning of each New Year comes a sense of excitement and expectation. For many, it is a time to set new goals and make New Years Resolutions. In this country, loosing weight is among the most popular of these resolutions. If weight loss is your goal, be sure to keep good nutrition and exercise in mind. Select an approach to weight loss that is healthy and that you can live with. Claims that you will loose more than 2 pounds a week. Does not recommend even moderate physical activity such as walking Does not provide warnings to people with diabetes or other chronic diseases or conditions. Quick Weight Loss Wont Last Avoid fad diets and quickie weight loss programs. These may help you loose a few pounds quickly but most people gain their weight back quickly as well. A fad/quickie diet is fairly easy to recognize. It is a diet that: A diet with even one of these characteristics is not a healthy choice. Choosing a Healthy Weight Loss Diet Claims that a particular food or herb can burn fat. A healthy approach to weight loss can be as simple as eating smaller portions of a variety of foods and getting a little more physical activity. However, some people need or prefer an actual diet plan. A healthy weight loss diet is one that: Requires you to eat large amounts of 1 type of food (for example: only grapefruits one day; only cabbage soup the next day).

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Considers your current eating habits and the foods that you like. Considers the weight that is appropriate for you. Recommends a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week no more! Teaches good food habits for your lifetime not just for weight loss. Provides a support system (telephone calls, group meetings) Incorporates physical activity. Considers pre-existing health risks such as diabetes or high blood pressure. More to Think About When you decide to loose weight, set realistic goals. You may believe that you need to loose 30 pounds, but even a small weight loss can improve your health. Physical activity is important to loose and keep weight off. Sleep is important too. Getting a good nights sleep can help control your appetite. Loosing weight can be very hard. To be successful, you must be up to the challenge. The best time to begin a weight loss program is when you are ready not necessarily at the New Year! For additional information, contact your local County Extension Office: A diet with these characteristics is a healthy choice. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, IFAS, Florida A. & M. UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM, AND BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COOPERATING.