Friday, January 27, 2012

New year nutrition


IT IS A FEW WEEKS after the New Year’s holiday, and even the most determined dieter may have begun to let their healthy eating resolutions slide. To help people sustain their 2012 nutrition goals, the Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center hosted “Nutrition in the New Year” on Jan. 18 with MGH dietitian and nutrition expert Meghan Baker, MS, RD, LDN.

Baker said individuals are much more likely to eat right and lose weight if they start out by setting goals that are small and manageable. This way the process will seem less overwhelming and more sustainable. In order to achieve any goal, however, lifestyle changes are essential. These changes can include portion control, improved nutrition or increasing physical activity – such as taking the stairs when possible or going for walks more often. Baker suggested enlisting a friend to participate, because shared activities can be fun and therefore become part of a daily routine more easily.

“In general, we need to be less concerned with weight loss and focus on adopting a healthy lifestyle, which requires a behavior change, along with restricting calories and increasing physical activity,” says Baker. T

he presentation was held as part of the Blum Center’s “Healthy Living” educational lecture series, which features MGH clinicians discussing their areas of expertise. The lectures are open to all.

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