Health Watch - Summertime: Summer Weight

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Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the start of the summer holiday season. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some things to keep in mind as you enjoy the summer. If you’re still not ready for swimsuit season, it’s not too late. You just have to plan, be diligent and be realistic.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s unrealistic to try to lose more than two pounds a week. If you starve yourself, you’ll just slow your metabolism, which makes it even more difficult to lose weight. It’s better to eat several small meals throughout the day, and don’t skip meals. Exercise daily to burn calories and rev up your metabolism. Strength training can also help you get into swimsuit shape because turning fat into muscle will make you look slimmer.

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May 2009

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