Bathing Suit Blues

Got the Bathing Suit Blues?

Talk about depressing. With summer just around the corner, you try on your bathing suit for the first time in nine months, and it’s feeling, well—a bit snug. Uh-oh!

Losing weight is practically a national pastime these days, with hundreds of diets and gimmicks to choose from. But if you really want to lose weight, your best first move is to remember the basics.

Eat Healthy: At least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Add fiber to your diet and reduce fat.

Exercise: At least 150 minutes per week. That’s a 30-minute walk five times a week, for example. Exercising with a friend or group increases the likelihood that you’ll stick with it.

Set A Realistic Goal: Losing a pound or two a week is a good place to start. It’s much better to set a modest goal you can reach rather than shoot for the stars and become discouraged if you fail.

What About Weight-Loss Surgery?

Tried everything and nothing has worked? People who are severely obese may want to consider weight-reducing bariatric surgery. Patients who have the surgery not only lose weight and keep it off, they also have fewer weight-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Talk to your physician for more information.