Think Yourself Slim
3. Design Your Own Plan
Rather than trying every new diet fad, create your own plan that will fit your lifestyle. You need to cut out only 150 calories a day to lose 15 pounds in a year, so start small.
"Little changes to your current eating style, like downsizing portions or preparing foods differently, can add up to big results," says Stettner.
Think about the foods you can -- and can't -- live without, then try to work your diet around them. Love chocolate? Have a small piece every day. If you're a born snacker, divide your daily calories into six or seven mini meals so you always feel like you're having a nibble. Whatever you do, don't give up your favorite foods. You'll inevitably feel deprived, which will only make your cravings stronger -- and your willpower weaker.
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