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Battling Depression
I am very overweight, and so is my oldest daughter. We both suffer from depression and eat to cover up our pain. How do you handle weight when dealing with depression? 
— Linda, 43, Hogansville, Georgia


I'm not a therapist, so I can't tell you how to treat your depression. And eating for emotional reasons is such a big issue, it deserves a whole book (my trainer Bob Greene's book Get With the Program! is great on the subject). But I do know that if you just start moving, you will feel better. My motto to my boot campers has been "Do the thing you think you cannot do." In other words, force yourself to get up and walk a mile or go to the gym, even though it's the last thing you want to do. After 10 or 20 minutes—for me it's about seven—the endorphins kick in and your spirits lift. In fact, we did a piece in our January issue, called "Shortcut to Bliss," on how exercise can be as helpful as antidepressants. And during our boot camp, a study came out saying three half-hour workouts a week relieved depression by almost 50 percent. But this is the deal: You can't sit around and wait for the mood to strike—"Oh, wouldn't a workout be nice?"—because it's not going to happen. You know what? I never feel like it. You do it although you don't feel like it—that's what discipline is. You just have to walk through the wall. And start slow. Many a day, I ease my way in—getting on the treadmill at 3 mph, going up a tenth of a point every minute, and before you know it, I'm kicking it at seven.