4 Ways To Lose Weight (And Keep It Off)

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According to the Gallup’s 2013 Health and Healthcare survey, 51 percent of Americans want to lose weight. With more than half of the country wanting to shed a few pounds, there’s a good chance that you could be a part of that 51 percent. But, did you know that you could be setting yourself up for failure before you even begin? Here are three ways to take the stress out of losing weight.

1. Be realistic.

You didn’t gain all of those unwanted pounds overnight, right? Well, you’re not going to lose all of them overnight either. Whether you have 15, 40 or 100+ pounds to lose, it’s going to take some time, so don’t beat yourself up. You’re only human for goodness sake, so expect a few slipups along the way. And get this: Studies have shown that those who lose weight gradually and steadily are more likely to keep it off in the long run. Start making healthier choices today and watch those pounds melt off.

2. Make fitness fun.

Many of us groan at the thought of working out, but exercise doesn’t have to be a drag. Why not spice it up by adding a buddy (you could even throw in a friendly competition), signing up for a group class or taking up a sport. Also,…