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LIfe Lessons: Melting away unwanted pounds

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 21 2013 04:51:45 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2013 06:42:18 AM CDT

Life Lessons L osing unwanted pounds

March is National Nutrition Month and with almost 70-percent of adults in the US overweight or obese, everyone can benefit from a more nutritious diet.

Experts say there are some small changes we can make that can make a big difference in our waistlines.

A recent Cornell study found that 70-percent of women want to lose weight but shedding the extra pounds isn't always easy.

Some advice: don't keep tempting treats at home. If it's around, you'll eat it! Instead, make a trip out of getting your favorites.

Another tip: make it quick and easy to eat healthy.

Keep pre-cut veggies and fruit handy for a fast snack, or instant brown rice for dinner so you won't be forced to the drive-thru when pressed for time.

Also, try spicing up dishes. Capsaicin, the spicy part of peppers, boosts your metabolism and quiets down your appetite so you feel fuller sooner.

If you're eating healthy but still can't seem to drop the weight, experts say it may be because your so-called healthy foods could be packed with sugar or oil.

Fat-free flavored yogurt, even those flavored with fruit, can have up to 15-grams of sugar in less than six-ounces.

Veggie omelets can also be deceiving. Usually the vegetables are drenched in oil or butter. Next time, try asking for your omelets "dry" to save calories.