Health Watch - Swimsuit Shape: Weight-Loss Plan

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting into swimsuit shape. Previously, we discussed how you can lose about ten pounds with a few weeks of concentrated effort and a structured plan. The plan to lose that kind of weight covers your eating and activity.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests you eat several small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism and energy levels up. Starving yourself will lower your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight. Instead of skipping meals, eat smaller portions. About half your meal should be low-carbohydrate vegetables, a quarter should be high-fiber vegetables and a quarter should be lean protein. You’ll also need daily exercise — try taking a walk after meals or exercising during television commercials. Strength training is also good for turning fat to muscle, which will make you look leaner.

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July 2009

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