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Each January, many Americans vow to lose weight and get healthy.

Jim and I are both trying to lose a little weight. We were checking out some information and, if I understand it correctly, if you want to lose a pound a week, you need to burn 500 more calories a day than you take in.

Do you know how many calories you take in a day or how many you are using? I have been told by experts in the field that My Fitness Pal is a wonderful FREE way to track calories and exercise, and it gives you other useful tools as well. FREE! All it takes is a little bit of a time commitment to log in your daily information. It’s worth checking out.
If you are struggling with an attempt to lose some weight, let me state one obvious, and seemingly easy, way to start losing weight… Give up sweets.

If you are snacking on candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, and the like, stop. Just stop. Okay, it may not be that easy. If you are eating a lot of sweets it will not be easy to give them up. Start gradually; go one day without sweets, then go two in a row, then three, etc.

Once you get to 21 days with no sweets (supposedly) you will have broken the habit. Then, don’t go back to them. Remember, you want to lose weight and get healthy. Stay off those sweets until you’ve reached your desired weight. Ok, a little “treating” once in a while is okay, but that’s once in a while not once a week.

Even after you reach your desired weight, you still need to limit sweets. Maintaining your proper weight is a lifestyle change. It is not good for your body to drop weight to a goal number and then go right back to the old eating habits.

People have told me that I have great will power. Baloney! I just don’t keep sweets in the house. If they are in my cupboard, I will eat them. If your will power isn’t that great, why torture yourself. Don’t buy it. Then, if you are craving sweets, you’ll have to go to the store to get it… maybe you’ll decided you really don’t need it that bad. Again, treating every once in a while is to be expected, but be wise about your sweets intake.

Believe it or not, this one thing (giving up sweets) will make a big difference in your weight. Of course… calories in/calories out… diet & exercise… all that stuff. It’s all a part of living a healthy lifestyle. That is my wish for you… Health.

*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach.*

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