13 Fast Weight Loss Tips (We Tried Them!)

Maribel Contreras

I Did It! Weight-Loss Success Stories
She cut that to 1, calories a day, started cycling, and lost 75 pounds! Set limits, then go nuts! She'll soon run in a miles relay race, too. Traded candy bars, fast food, and soda for veggies, and started jogging and kickboxing. Falls Church, Virginia Now: Floss for dessert "Brushing my teeth after dinner makes me less likely to eat again before I go to bed.

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Tried-and-true tips Sick of chasing fad diets? Put away the food scale "Portion control isn't about measuring; it's about ordering two appetizers instead of an entrée and cutting back on bread if you have pasta.

Stash fruit "Keep fruit at work. It helps during the I-need-chocolate part of the afternoon. Shake chocolate "When I'm trying to drop a few pounds, I carry around a shaker cup of chocolate protein powder. If I'm ravenous, I add the water, and it fills me up so I don't eat something high-calorie instead. Set limits, then go nuts! It's almost impossible to overeat. Floss for dessert "Brushing my teeth after dinner makes me less likely to eat again before I go to bed.

Take a 'before' photo "Before I got in shape, a friend convinced me to take photos of myself wearing nothing but a sports bra and underwear.

Frazier, Health assistant fitness editor. Break out the skinny jeans "Wear something tight! It provides the extra bit of motivation to lay off the fries. Pitcher this "Fill a pitcher with water and cucumbers. Set aside leftovers "Serve yourself, then immediately pack the leftovers in a Tupperware container and store in the fridge.

Get enough sleep "Sleep is a cornerstone of weight management because of the impact it has on your hormones that control how you burn fat, how you store fat, and how you're maintaining muscle. Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter. After gaining 70 pounds as a result of kicking her smoking habit, Heather adhered to a simple plan. She could eat whatever she wanted as long as she stayed around 2, calories a day.

She cut that to 1, calories a day, started cycling, and lost 75 pounds! Started going to boot camp five mornings a week, and was motivated to stick with it thanks to the camaraderie.

She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year. Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate. Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day. Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week.

She ate small meals five times a day and eventually shed 60 lbs. Then, along with her husband, she scaled 19, feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro, something she said she never could have done if she hadn't lost the weight.

Tried new routines at the gym like spinning, weight lifting, yoga, and cycling, and learned how to make healthier choices at restaurants. After a series of illnesses, Katherine's weight shot up by 20 pounds, but she picked up walking and running and even ran her first 5K! After struggling to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy, Alisha started following the Nutrisystem eating plan and joined a gym. Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever!

New York City Now: Adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan, and upped her cardio to five or six workouts a week, plus two or three strength training sessions. Ashley bought a cheap treadmill and worked out at home until she felt comfortable enough to join a gym. She cut back on fast food and ate small meals throughout the day. She also kept a blog to track her weight loss. Now she's less than half her size! Jersey City, New Jersey Now: Stopped drinking alcohol, adopted The South Beach Diet plan, and started walking everywhere.

Cut out alcohol, ice cream, and excess sugar, and started eating more fresh veggies. Lisa also started walking and built up to running and watched 60 pounds melt away in eight months. Melissa her friends held their own Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest, and she won! She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels.

This mom of two laced up her running shoes and slowly but surely ran her way to a healthier weight. Jenny Craig also helped regiment her eating. Mitchie de Leon Age: Long Beach, California Now: After learning what a portion size really looks like, she cut back on restaurant meals and started eating six small meals a day.

Mitchie also conquered her fear of the gym and began exercising, first on the treadmill and then advanced to classes like spinning, boxing, and Tahitian dancing. Walked, talked, and ran off more than pounds after starting new jobs at the University of Buffalo. They joined Weight Watchers and began walking around campus during their breaks. Bronx, New York Now: Nicole started walking 30 minutes a day to her job and did strength training at home twice a week to drop 55 pounds over four years.

Now she's launching a modeling career! Brooklyn, New York Now: Heather began exercising and writing down everything she ate. She also started her own line of dishware premarked with portion sizes to continue her weight loss and help other women succeed too! Charles Town, West Virginia Now: With 60 extra pounds from the birth of her daughter, Audrea decided to join Weight Watchers and began walking for an hour five days a week.

Eight months later and 62 pounds lighter! When Tracie reached nearly pounds she took charge of her health. She started walking on lunch breaks, cutting calories, and facing emotions head-on instead of eating the pain away. Tracie said jogging and a group of supportive friends helped her keep the weight off for good!

Holly has not only kept the weight off, she ran her first half-marathon earlier this year, pens her own online fitness column, and says it's the first time she's ever felt confident wearing a bikini! Hilary cut out sugar and started walking five times a week and lifting weights.

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