Simple Strategies for Weight-Loss Success

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If you're like some folks, the moment 2011 arrived you found your new holiday sweater, the one that felt a touch snug on first wearing, now seems even tighter and it hasn't been washed yet. If you're considering re-gifting that sweater, instead of losing some weight, keep reading.

A 2006 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of some 2,000 people contradicts a generally accepted statistic (that 90-percent of all weight losers regain the weight) by showing that more than 30-percent of folks who lose weight are able to maintain their weight loss.

If those positive results have you thinking you just may head for a pay-as-you-go weight loss program, or an at-home do-it-yourself weight-loss diet consider some tried-and-true possibilities from the CDC's study results.

The study showed that the five most common techniques that resulted in weight loss were: reducing the amount of food consumed (it's really about calories in, calories out), eating more vegetables and fruit (eschewing snack foods), restricting portions, limiting fatty foods and consuming no sugars-sweetened beverages.

Behavior plays an important role too. The study showed that potential for success relies on: planning meals, tracking calories and fat, measuring the food on your plate and weighing yourself every day. In addition, you're more likely to be successful if you walk or exercise for 30 minutes every day, and, surprisingly enough, if you cook or bake for fun. That last point strikes down my assumption that staying out of the kitchen would be helpful. …