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It provides the extra bit of motivation to lay off the fries. Time to hop off the bandwagon and get some down-to-earth advice from people who have been there, done that. Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever! We'd love to hear from you! Whether they stuck to a new meal plan or trained for a marathon, they all reached their feel-great weight goals.
At the end of the day, though, peeling off the pounds is just as challenging for us as it is for anyone else. These 13 diet tricks aren't always easy to stick to, but they've worked for us. The better your hormone balance, the better your weight management.
Have a handful with veggies and guacamole, which is packed with good fats. In the mood for chocolate? Partner it with yogurt. That way, you'll fill up on good stuff so you won't devour tons of the less-healthy food.
What works for me is not going to work for you. Home Weight Loss Resolution Reboot. Melissa Daly June 04, Tried-and-true tips Sick of chasing fad diets?
Put away the food scale "Portion control isn't about measuring; it's about ordering two appetizers instead of an entrée and cutting back on bread if you have pasta. Stash fruit "Keep fruit at work. It helps during the I-need-chocolate part of the afternoon. Shake chocolate "When I'm trying to drop a few pounds, I carry around a shaker cup of chocolate protein powder. If I'm ravenous, I add the water, and it fills me up so I don't eat something high-calorie instead.
League City, Texas Now: Alexis held on to the weight she gained from her two pregnancies for some years, but after joining Weight Watchers she learned all about healthy foods and healthy portions. She kicked the last 20 pounds by slowing training for a marathon with her friends. A truly inspiring transformation, Jennifer signed up for a half-marathon despite her distaste for running, and before she knew it began logging serious miles. She worked her way up steadily, and has since completed many half-marathons and 5Ks.
She'll soon run in a miles relay race, too. Jennifer found the perfect workout companion in her dog, who she took on nightly walks. She also started eating smaller portions and more veggies, as well as using a DVD to get in more fitness time. A notorious yo-yo dieter, Marlene found healthier eating habits with Jenny Craig, but really saw the pounds melt off when she finally incorporated fitness into her lifestyle. Some family and friends went on the journey to lose weight along with Cynthia, and this support system was a driving force in their success.
Coupled with DVD workouts and diet changes, she's healthier and happier than ever. Glen Allen, VA Now: Kim's "no excuses" attitude and a slow but steady diet and workout routine helped her eventually shed 95 pounds. After an injury sidelined this college volleyball star, she gained more than 40 pounds.
But after going on Nutrisystem, Lori got her energy back and has now completed several triathlons. Started biking, first just a few blocks at a time, eventually building up to longer rides. Sydney also started eating more vegetables and lean protein instead of pizza, and eventually lost pounds! Traded candy bars, fast food, and soda for veggies, and started jogging and kickboxing. Started a weight-loss blog and posted photos in a bikini every week to track her progress, upped her exercise, and adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan.
Falls Church, Virginia Now: Joined Weight Watchers and started biking. Cut calories and started exercising, rewarding herself along the way with a new handbag or workout gear for reaching mini targets, like walking 15 minutes each day. Started walking and then running! Signed up for a Lisa has since walked a full marathon! Cut back on calories. Ashli switched to ordering kids' meals at the fast-food restaurants she loves and ate only a serving of her favorite snacks, so she could still enjoy her favorite foods.
She also started exercising, and ran a 5K for the first time. Started exercising and using Nutrisystem to help her eat at regular meal times. Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter. After gaining 70 pounds as a result of kicking her smoking habit, Heather adhered to a simple plan. She could eat whatever she wanted as long as she stayed around 2, calories a day.
She cut that to 1, calories a day, started cycling, and lost 75 pounds! Started going to boot camp five mornings a week, and was motivated to stick with it thanks to the camaraderie. She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year.
Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate. Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day. Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week. She ate small meals five times a day and eventually shed 60 lbs. Then, along with her husband, she scaled 19, feet of Mt.
Kilimanjaro, something she said she never could have done if she hadn't lost the weight. Tried new routines at the gym like spinning, weight lifting, yoga, and cycling, and learned how to make healthier choices at restaurants. After a series of illnesses, Katherine's weight shot up by 20 pounds, but she picked up walking and running and even ran her first 5K!
After struggling to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy, Alisha started following the Nutrisystem eating plan and joined a gym. Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever!
New York City Now: Adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan, and upped her cardio to five or six workouts a week, plus two or three strength training sessions. Ashley bought a cheap treadmill and worked out at home until she felt comfortable enough to join a gym.
She cut back on fast food and ate small meals throughout the day. She also kept a blog to track her weight loss.