DEAR HARRIETTE: Though the warmer months are behind us, I still want to work on shedding a couple of pounds so I feel lighter. I do not have a lot of extra time on my hands, but I try to exercise frequently. Do you have any tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle? I try to walk as often as I can, but I may need more help on the nutritional side of weight loss. -- Bikini Body, New Haven, Connecticut
DEAR BIKINI BODY: You are speaking the language of so many of us these days. Busyness often gets in the way of fitness. And even those folks who do exercise a lot may not be doing enough if what they are putting into their bodies is not serving them well. Ideally, you may want to have a consultation with a nutritionist who can review what you ingest and make specific recommendations for what to eliminate and what is healthy to eat as you work to shed pounds. Another option is to join Weight Watchers. Many people have used this affordable program to lose weight and keep it off. In general, eliminating sugar and reducing carbohydrates are always recommended for weight loss and overall good health. Get the support you need to set you on the right track.