Dietician recommends how to find your happy weight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/10

Dietician recommends how to find your happy weight

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you're frustrated with trying to lose weight, here's some advice from a registered dietitian, who says it's not healthy for women to try to go back and weigh what they did in high school.  Because when you consider height, build and age, that ideal number on the scale, is not a one size fits all.

"I always like to ask them to take a step back and relax and think about their tribe. Do they come from the Polynesian type people, do they come from an Ashley Olsen type build. I always like people to take into account their heredity, their history," said Lisa Richardson, a dietician.

Here's a realistic weight loss plan from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.  Researchers there say we all have a body weight thermostat, that means there is a range we fluctuate between 10% to 20% it's called our set point. So if you feel like you're overweight, they suggest you just try to lose 10% of your body weight, then maintain that new weight for six months to create a new set point. Then, if you want to lose more, try losing 10% again, but the key is to maintain it each time for six months.

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