Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 17, 2012

Advice to avoid common pitfalls for kids, adults

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Art McDermott: More and more I believe the obstacles preventing weight loss can fall under two major headings:

1) Time: We live in an incredibly fast-paced society now that does not always allow for proper food selection/preparation. Of course, this lack of time is a great excuse for folks not to workout.

Solution? Set aside a fixed time each week for steaming veggies, grilling meat(s) of your choice and shopping for fresh food. Also, remember, if you don’t make time for your health now, you will have to make time for your illness later.

2) Food Quality: This is a highly-charged topic. The industrialization of the food industry means we are getting an abundance of poor quality food. Last year, 2,800 new candies, desserts, ice-cream, and snacks were introduced to the marketplace, compared to 230 new fruits or vegetable products.

In addition, even “healthy” foods such as salads have fewer nutrients than just a few short decades ago due to soil depletion, among other issues. Always keep in mind that the goal of the food industry is to get us to buy more, just like any other business. They will say and do anything to make that happen. All of this means we are making poor food choices because these products are more readily available and cheaper. This is a great model for the food companies, not so much for our waistlines.

Solution? Whenever possible buy locally grown, organic products.

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