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The Why: Look 10 pounds lighter today. We checked out the Miraclesuit, and we were impressed. It's been around for 25 years, but they've been tweaking the fabric and now it's even better. The company says the secret is Miratex -- "a fabric with three times as much Lycra as other swimsuits." The suits are also designed with details like shirring, draping, pleating, and skirts to accentuate the positives and camouflage the rest.
The Health Bonus: Self-esteem booster. You feel good about your body, and that could help jump-start a healthier lifestyle.
What We Liked Best: That it actually works, and the designs are attractive.
What We Liked Least: It's a bit pricey.
What It Replaces: Not going to the pool, beach, or lake at all because you're uncomfortable.
The Price: Swimsuits average $138, and matching cover-ups $78.
Where to Buy: Major department stores as well as cyberswim.com.
Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of DietDetective.com, the health and fitness network and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission from www.dietdetective.com, August 2008.