Health Watch — Start of Summer: Swimsuit Shape

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the start of the summer vacation season. If you’re planning to head to the beach this summer, now’s the time to think about getting into swimsuit shape.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can lose about ten pounds in a few weeks with some effort, but you should be realistic about it. Losing more than a couple of pounds a week isn’t healthy, and starving yourself to lose weight could backfire on you. That slows your metabolism, which makes it even harder to lose weight. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day. The ideal “healthy plate” for a meal consists of half a plate of low-carb veggies such as leafy greens, a quarter plate of lean protein and a quarter plate of high-fiber carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pasta or fruit.

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May 2008

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