Health Watch — Swimsuit Season: Diet

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It’s the time of year to wear very small garments in public — swimsuit season. This week on Health Watch we’ll offer some tips to help you get into swimsuit shape.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can start your swimsuit diet by clearing your kitchen of temptations. Then go shopping for nutritious foods, like lean meats, fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads. Think of it as adding good things to your diet instead of depriving yourself. Don’t get too excited about foods that supposedly have negative calories. Some foods, like celery, coffee or very spicy foods, may take more calories to digest than they provide, but few people eat these foods alone. Usually they come with high-calorie add-ons like cheese, peanut butter, or cream and sugar. There isn’t any magic food that will help you lose weight. You just have to eat a variety of low-calorie, nutritious foods. 


June 2007

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