Cutting Stealth Flab

That winter baggage may be less than you thought. Still, it's spring, so here's how to lose it

My body's been under wraps all winter. I gained 6 lbs. in as many weeks, and no amount of sweaters and Pashminas was enough to hide them. And now, with spring here...ugh, we all know what that means--off with the layers and, one hopes, the weight. I figured most Americans put on seasonal padding the way I do. I start overindulging around Thanksgiving, gorge and imbibe my way through holiday parties, and by New Year's--clink!--I've inflated one full dress size, and I remain that way for months.

It turns out my winter weight woes are not so typical after all. (But...

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