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One Small Change: 3 Ways to Lose 5 Pounds in a Month

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Eat right all the time? Not gonna happen. Make small daily changes? Sure, you could do that. To prove it, we put three women to the test. Read on to see how making tiny tweaks to their eating habits helped them lose 5 pounds in a month.

No Alcohol

My one small change: "I ditched alcohol for one month"

Kellie Fagan, 25

Height: 5'0"

Current weight: 128.5

Pounds lost: 6.5

The Challenge

"My diet downfall is drinking," says Fagan. "Social events with my friends and colleagues always involve alcohol. I can end up having a dozen or more light beers, margaritas, or glasses of wine during any given week. And when I get a buzz, it's hard to resist junk food, which makes losing weight close to impossible."

The Expert Says

"Having one or two drinks a day or four-plus on the weekend -- even if it's light beer or wine -- adds hundreds, even thousands of calories to your diet," says Molly Morgan, RD, a dietitian in Vestal, New York. Also upping the calorie ante: "Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, so an order of French fries or a burger doesn't seem as bad as it normally would."

The Plan

Go for the flavorful fake-out. At your next party, have an appetizing drink that looks like a cocktail, such as sparkling water with lime. This way you won't feel bored or deprived.

Skip fruit juice. It averages at least 110 calories a glass.

Don't sip while stressed. If you're drinking to unwind after a tough day, better to target that stress in a healthy way. Head to the gym! Go for a walk!

 
Difficulty Factor: Moderate

"Early on, I went out for a friend's birthday and struggled not to drink," Fagan admits. "I didn't think I could do it, but I just had diet soda the entire evening. There were plenty of times over the month when I wanted a drink, but once I started waking up feeling refreshed on Mondays, instead of exhausted from a weekend of partying, it got easier. It also helped that my friends and family were 100 percent supportive."

How to Stick with It

"I created a cravings swap," says Fagan. "After a stressful day, all I wanted was a beer (okay, several). Instead, I relaxed on the couch with a bit of ice cream. The calories can't even compare to a bunch of beers."

The Unexpected Perk

"I stopped smoking, too," says Fagan. "I crave cigarettes more when I drink, so it made sense to kick the habit while I wasn't touching booze. And I'm not turning back!"

Will She Stay with It?

Not entirely. "I plan on having an occasional cocktail, but it's going to be in moderation."

Next:  No Fries, No Junk

 

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tommyear wrote:

Halgill, if your goal is to lose 5 pounds I highly recommend the Fat Loss Factor by Dr Charles. It should be fairly simple if you follow his methods. You can find his guide at: www.FLFactor.pw

11/15/2013 08:08:05 AM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

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8/25/2012 04:02:48 AM Report Abuse
halgill1 wrote:

Good article. I would like to lose 5 lbs in a month.

6/16/2012 09:25:54 AM Report Abuse
shanampearson wrote:

Love the candid honesty in the alcohol post - social events are so hard to resist! Bur i love the set time frame: one month challenge goal, and i can definitely relate to the quitting smoking when not drinking as well. great job! :)

6/14/2012 03:58:02 PM Report Abuse
luannmarkovich wrote:

very inspirational!!!! will be eating more fiber excitedly.

6/14/2012 10:19:21 AM Report Abuse

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