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When it comes to losing weight, all calories are equal. You can lose weight just as easily eating a Big Mac as you can eating salads. It’s just a matter of how many calories you eat.

So many people think that the only way to lose weight is by cutting out all of their favorite foods from their diet, but in fact, you can have longer lasting weight loss by making small changes that you are willing to stick with 90% of the time.

Drastic and extreme diet plans may take the pounds off more quickly, but if you’re going to gain them right back after you return to a normal lifestyle, what’s the point?

Are you really going to eat only salads the rest of your life? How about those specially-packaged meals from your chosen diet plan? Or that liquid diet drink you have for 2 meals every day?

On the other hand, if you just look at the everyday habits you have that contributed to your weight gain and change one at a time, you can experience a lifelong weight loss without the sacrifice and struggle.

Facts are fact. There are 3,500 calories in 1 pound. Burn 3,500 more calories than you consume & you’ll lose 1 pound.

If you do the math, you’ll see that you can lose 10 pounds a year by simply cutting out 100 calories/day. Do you know how easy it is to cut out 100 calories a day?

Do you eat a candy bar for your afternoon snack at work? Eat an apple or banana instead — lose between 12-15 pounds a year.

Do you drink 4 regular sodas a day? Swap out just one of them for a no-calorie drink — lose 15 pounds a year.

Seriously, how hard is that? Make one single change and keep doing it until it’s a habit. Then make one more little change and keep doing that one until it’s a habit.

These small changes add up to big and long-lasting weight loss without major sacrifices.

If this post inspired you, make a comment about what one small change you’re going to make into a habit. I’d love to hear from you!

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