-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- Being healthy and losing
weight are not only about crash diets, clothing sizes and numbers
on the scale, experts say.
Incorporating fitness into your life can boost your confidence
and make you feel better inside and out, said the experts, from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"Start by throwing away all clothing catalogs with skinny models in skimpy bikinis on the front," Beth Kitchin, assistant professor of nutrition sciences, said in a university news release. "Then buy a bathing suit that flatters your shape. Going to extremes for weight loss leads to yo-yo dieting and makes you feel bad about yourself."
"The goal is to be a healthy size for you, so focus your attitude and energy on becoming the best version of yourself and enjoy the journey to health," added Lauren Whitt, wellness coordinator at the university.
The UAB experts said it's important to shape up for summer
safely, and offered the following tips on how to reach your
The experts said women should have no more than one alcoholic
drink and men should have no more than two drinks per day.
"Alcohol tends to increase your appetite and provides calories without nutrients," Whitt said. "If you skip it altogether, you can reach your goals more easily."
An occasional treat doesn't mean you can't meet your weight-loss
goals, the experts added. Getting in shape does not require
perfection; just get back on track the next morning.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
more information on how to become more
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