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Four Painless Ways to Lose Weight Immediately

Aug 26, 2007
I recently refined some eating and drinking habits and dramatically proved it's what we do daily that counts when losing weight and keeping it off. As a weight loss and fitness professional, I am always looking to improve. I took a fearless, honest look at my eating and drinking habits. I found the following four things and changed them. Check what happened as a result.

I overeat nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are extremely fattening, and I personally have never found a fattening food I did not love. Are you like that? So I cut my intake down to one handful or less a day. It was absolutely painless, I did not miss the extra nuts at all. In fact, I really enjoyed and appreciated more the ones I did eat.

I snack in-between meals. Sure, always healthy snacks, like fresh apple slices, home-made granola or those pesky nuts. But I stopped eating in-between meals; and again, it was painless. I felt no deprivation whatsoever. I drank water instead of snacking.

I have a sweet tooth. One of the ways I indulged it was adding crystallized fructose from the health food store to my smoothies, hot breakfast cereal and other foods I thought needed extra sweetening. I stopped doing so and did not miss the extra sweetener at all.

I would drink a soda occasionally, maybe once a week, or every 10 days. But those 8-10 teaspoons of sugar in every 12 ounce can of soda had to go. There is no excuse for drinking sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks or other sugar-filled beverages. And please, do not fool yourself by switching to diet drinks, they just do not work.

None of these were tough to do. I did not feel deprived at all and simply stuck with the changes day after day, every single day. The result? An amazing 11-pound weight loss in a little over a month, down to 199.3 pounds. Even I was wowed, and I am not easily wowed.

A fascinating footnote to this story was right at the time I was doing this, I ran into a coaching friend who I never would have guessed faced any weight issues, because he is so lean and buffed. Before I told him anything about my recent weight loss, he told me how he had slightly tweaked three or four of his dietary habits and dropped fourteen pounds, going from 180 to 166 pounds! He looked terrific, I told him, then told him my own story. We both marveled at the changes that can result from little adjustments like the ones we had made.

You can do the same. And remember, particularly with small things, it is what we do consistently, daily that counts.
About the Author
Jerome Kellner is author of The Maui Diet. He's lived on Maui since 1972 and stays fit biking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and exercising in his outdoor gym. For more go to http://www.themauidiet.com
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