HEALTH BEAT 10-1-1999

Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts October 1999 Current Issue
October 1999
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Generally, when people complain about their weight, they are struggling to shed pounds. Some, however, despite decadent midnight binges, can't gain an ounce. If you've seen a doctor, and your thyroid function is normal, what steps should you take?

A diet that's adequate in proteins, complex carbohydrates and "good fats" (fish, olive oil, nuts) is important for balance. "Do more snacking between meals," says registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesperson Nelda Mercer. "If you're a salad person, add more calories." Avocados and an olive oil-based vinaigrette can help. Also, "try a smoothie or a protein drink, like Boost, between meals," says Mercer, who's based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Heart-smart monounsaturated fats are a wealth of healthy fat calories that maintain energy levels; keep a dish of sunflower seeds, granola or nuts on your desk. Another prime snack choice was an Elvis favorite: a peanut butter and banana sandwich has roughly 433 calories but only four grams of saturated fat.

One of the best ways to lose weight is also a great way to gain it: weight training. Working out with weights builds more muscle, which weighs about 22 percent more than an equal amount of fat.


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