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The Great Weight Debate: Why Being Fit and Healthy Is More Important Than Your Jeans Size

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If you need a fast fix to get you jump-started on the road to body positiveness, well then, maybe a headline like "Get the Body You Want" or "Drop Inches All Over" isn't a bad reason to pick up a copy of FITNESS. The quicker we can get you started on a path to health and wellness -- whether that be dropping weight because your BMI is over 25, working in 5 or 10 minutes of toning moves in the morning, or finding inner confidence -- the better.

Our mission at FITNESS: To help you start truly believing that beauty comes from the inside out. "I've started exercising and eating right and I've started to love my self-image, which I think is closely related to beauty," one reader recently wrote. Another explained, "Three words come to mind when I think about beauty: natural, healthy, and fit." View yourself as a work in progress, says Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, "Figure out things you're willing to do to achieve your goal, to improve yourself, and say, Aren't I worth it?"

Remember the words of curvy-proud Queen Latifah the next time you look in the mirror: "My body is my body and it is more of a question of health and not a question of becoming someone else. I think health is not just about weight but it is about mind, spirit, and emotions. I have accepted me," she told FITNESS.

Be inspired by positive role models -- Rachael Ray. Meryl Streep. Ellen DeGeneres. Jennifer Hudson. America Ferrara. Serena Williams. Penelope Cruz. Denise Austin. Diane Keaton. Helen Mirren. Queen Latifah. Tyra Banks. Christy Turlington. Margaret Cho. Jamie Lee Curtis. Meredith Vieira. Kate Winslet. Beyonce. The list goes on. Just like you, they want to be recognized for who they are and how hard they have worked to get there, not just for how they look in a bikini or strolling down the red carpet. Or, to put it another way: A healthy attitude -- not sizes or labels or eating plans or workouts or the skinny starlet and model of the moment -- will help you be the best you can be.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.


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