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Love the Size You Are

Nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS, RD, reminds us that sometimes, looking our best also means accepting that our bodies may never be the size we want -- and learning to live with the size we are.

"Our cosmetic weight, the one we think we look best at, is not necessarily the physiological weight at which our bodies are the happiest," says Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center.

On one hand, she says women should not be hesitant about going after their weight loss goals. But she also says it's important to be realistic about what those goals should be.

"Regardless of the pressure from the media to be rail-thin, we have to do our best with diet and exercise and learn how to not just accept ourselves, but revel in our beauty and health -- no matter our size," says Heller.

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