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Stop dieting and start losing weight

Are you tired of giving up your favorite foods and feeling deprived?  Are you sick of getting on the scale and not seeing it budge?  The sooner you realize there is no magic pill, super food or wonder program, the sooner you will be able to lose weight for good. 

The key to weight loss is eating less calories each day than it takes to maintain your current weight.  Sound too simple?  It is easier than it sounds, but human nature tends to complicate things.  Keeping this as simple as possible is the key. 

Setting realistic short term goals is another key to long term weight loss success.  An example would be to lose five percent of your current weight in 90 days.  For example, a 160 pound woman would commit to losing eight pounds in 90 days.  That is less than a pound a week.  You would hardly even miss the calories you would cut out to achieve this specific goal.

Most people want to see faster results.  But, realistically, if you are trying to lose weight for the right reasons, setting achievable goals work better.  You are more likely to stick with it if you are not feeling deprived.  And making small changes and minor tweaks in your lifestyle is maintainable.  A small change could be as easy as swapping your grande cafe mocha for a tall nonfat latte.  A large bagel with cream cheese for a whole grain english muffin with a tablespoon of peanut butter. 

There are many helpful and free websites that have an abundance of tools that can get you started and keep you motivated.  You can use them to calculate the amount of calories you need to eat each day to maintain your current weight.  You can also find out how many calories you would have to cut back each day to lose a certain amount of weight each week. 

LIVESTRONG.COM and FitDay are two sites that you can use to keep daily track of your calories eaten and  calories burned, as well as the resources to find how many calories are in a particular food and how many calories you have burned during most activities. 

To find a site that suits your needs, you can perform your own search by using the keywords of free, calorie counter, weight loss, or fitness.  Try out a few and see what fits your personal style best.  Use the free tools available to you. 

Keep it simple and keep it real.