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Suggested lead: If you’re thinking about losing weight before the holiday season, there are some things you might want to consider. Tom Britt has more.

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A lot of people are lining up at grocery stores and pharmacies to buy diet products and foods, with thoughts of losing weight before the holiday season begins. Duke University Medical Center nutritionist Gene Erb has a few words of caution about how you go about it. Erb says, rather than worrying about your weight, you should worry instead about your lifestyle.

“Don’t be so worried about how much you weigh. Worry about whether you’re getting a reasonable amount of physical activity in your life. Worry about getting in those fruits and vegetables. Try to reduce, in particular, saturated fat in your diet.”

Erb says if you get some exercise, eat your fruits and veggies and reduce the fat intake, you’re going to lose weight and what’s more, you’ll be reducing your chances of a heart attack and even diabetes. And he says, if you decide to try something like a low carbohydrate diet, make sure you keep eating those fruits and vegetables, even if the diet says not to. I’m Tom Britt.

Erb says low carbohydrate diets are fine, except that they leave out some very important foods you need to prevent disease.

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“If you look at how most people choose to follow that kind of diet it excludes a lot of the foods that we would associate with long-term health benefits in terms of reducing your risk for cancer and heart disease and things like that.”