Simple Changes That Helped Me Lose 45 Pounds—and Keep It Off

Slide 1 of 8: Katie Dunlop's journey began after college, as she found herself 45 pounds overweight and tired of the ups and downs of fad diets and trendy workout plans. She started to look for small changes that might add up over time. Her first mission was to search and destroy mindless munching. Every night as a pre-dinner snack, Dunlop used to nibble cheese and crackers while cooking. 'I didn't necessarily need that,' she says. Instead of banning this pre-dinner ritual all at once, Dunlop decided to cut out the cheese for a few days, and then phase out the crackers. 'Food habits are the hardest thing to change, so finding little 'tweaks' became hugely important,' she says. Here are 12 more weight loss before and after photos that will motivate you.

Slide 3 of 8: An often-overlooked step of successful weight loss: organizing. Dunlop says that cleaning out old junk food in her pantries helped get her in a positive, healthy mindset. Get rid of those bags of Oreos, potato chips, and chocolate kisses. You will find that the 'out of sight, out of mind' trick really does work. Research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab shows that when food is visible, we're more likely to grab it. The study authors also found that normal-weight women were more likely to have a designated cupboard for snack items, and were less likely to buy food in large-sized packages than those who are overweight.
Photos by Katie Dunlop of love sweat fitness.  Article from Readers Digest.

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