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Nutrition News: Weight and Cancer Risk

Charlyn Fargo on

The amount of weight needed was not high -- losing just 5 percent of starting weight had a big effect. So, for a person weighing 200 pounds at the start of the study, losing 10 pounds produced a beneficial effect.

The diet was simple -- counting calories and reducing fat intake. Researchers found that participants who wrote down everything they ate, prepared their own meals, and didn't skip meals lost the greatest amount of weight. They also found that exercise by itself produced little weight loss, but that regular, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise provided additional weight loss benefits when added to the diet program.

The bottom line? It's never too late to make health-improving changes. Start with a goal of losing 10 pounds. You might just dodge the cancer bullet.

Recipe

We're all looking for that quick recipe to get a healthy dinner on the table for the family. Try this Chicken Stir-Fry recipe from Tufts University.

Orange Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon honey

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