Health Watch - Swimsuit Shape: Quick Weight Loss

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Summer is a season for swimsuits and skimpier clothing, and that may provide incentive to get into swimsuit shape. It’s not too late to lose a few pounds, but don’t resort to a crash starvation diet.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can lose about ten pounds within a month or so with concentrated effort and a structured plan. It’s not realistic to try to lose more than a couple of pounds a week. Starving yourself will make it more difficult to lose weight because starvation slows the metabolism. While you can get results from a couple of weeks of serious effort, for long-term results and keeping the weight off, you’ll need to make ongoing changes in the way you eat and behave. Losing and regaining weight isn’t good for your health. 

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July 2009

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