Losing Weight Wisely

Melt away those extra winter pounds -- slowly but surely.
The Best Way

Summer is coming and it's time for taking account of things -- diet-wise, that is. Too may of us are well-acquainted with hibernation poundage: those extra pounds deposited over fall and winter.

When the sun finally comes out, the snow will melt away, but unwanted weight won't. Don't bank on crash diets and fad programs for the answer: They can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, or downright dangerous.

Health professionals agree that the best way to lose weight -- and keep it off -- is the slow way, about a pound a week. Starting today, you can drop up to 10 or 15 pounds of extra winter baggage and fit into a new swimsuit by summertime. It's simpler than you think, and all it takes are two very basic diet and exercise habits: eating a little bit less and enjoying a little bit more activity. You won't need complicated eating programs, expensive exercise equipment, or intricate calculations and ritual weigh-ins. Here's how it works.

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