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Turning off the TV could help your diet


If you're planning for the umpteenth year in a row to make a New Year's resolution to lose a few pounds, here's a strategy you might want to consider: Cut back on your TV time.

A study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that overweight adults who reduced their TV viewing by half burned about 120 more calories a day than they did before changing their viewing habits.

Lead study author Jennifer Otten, a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, notes that 120 calories is the equivalent to walking more than a mile. So, the next time you reach for the remote, take a few seconds to consider which is more important: the program, or the chance to burn off those calories.

Here's our news release about Otten's research.

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