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Top 3 Tips For Successfully Losing Weight

I lost 45 lbs in six months, and I’ve kept it off. In doing so, I’ve picked up a lot of great tips from others that I applied to myself and found beneficial. Here are the top 3.

1. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Don’t think of your weight loss efforts as “dieting,” think of it as changing your lifestyle to be more healthy. If you’re “dieting”, then when you stop “dieting” you’ll gain the weight back. But if you make a lifestyle change, you’ll keep it off.

2. Associate with other people who are losing weight. I can’t emphasize this enough. You will have a much harder time going it alone than if you have a supportive group. This is why people who go to the meetings for Weight Watchers lose three times as much weight as those who just follow the program on their own. You need to build yourself up with positive association.

3. Get on the scale once a week, but not more. You need to track your progress, otherwise it’s easy to lose your motivation. When you see that you’ve lost a pound or two this week, it really makes you feel good and motivates you to keep at it. On the other hand, your body has natural weight fluctuations, so you don’t want to get on the scale too often — it might appear that you gained a pound today from yesterday when it’s really just a natural fluctuation. Also, always weigh yourself at the same time of day on the same day of the week. You’ll get more consistent results that way.

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