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Getting Started

The first step may be the most difficult -- getting started. But, hey, every successful journey starts with that first step. Here are some tips and articles that will help you get started on your weight loss journey.

What's the Harris-Benedict Formula?
The Harris-Benedict formula is used to estimate your daily calorie need. Learn more about the accuracy of the formula.

My Tips for Successful Weight Loss
What's the question I hear the most? "How do I lose weight - and keep it off?" I've done it and I can help you. Here are my instructions and tips for losing weight.

How I Motivate Myself to Eat Healthier
Do you stick to your healthy diet when other people around you are eating too much of the wrong stuff? How do you do it? How do you stay motivated?See submissions

How to Stick to Your Diet
Dieting is difficult - it's easy to lose motivation. It happens to most of us now and then, so I've got some tips on how to stay with your diet, even when you don't want to.

How to Follow a Low-Calorie Diet
Low-calories diets are tough, but as long as you plan your diet correctly, you should be able to get enough of the nutrients you need. Here are my instructions for safely following a low-calorie diet.

Two Menus for a 1,200 Calorie Per Day Diet
You shouldn't go any lower than 1200 calories without medical supervision. Sticking to 1200 calories per day isn't easy, but these two sample menus for a low calorie diet of 1200 calories per day may help.

Two Menus for a 1,500 Calorie Per Day Diet
A low calorie diet is easier to follow if you're prepared. I've got two example menus you can use for following a low diet of 1,500 calories per day.

Two Menus for a 1,700 Calorie Per Day Diet
Thinking of following a low-calorie diet? It's a little easier if you plan your meals ahead of time. I've got two examples that you can use as menus for a 1700 calorie per day diet.

Will Taking Hoodia Help Me Lose Weight?
Hoodia is a dietary supplement that may aid in weight loss. Find out how much it helps and if it's worth the expense.

Share Your Tips for Fighting Sugar Cravings
Sugar cravings are rough. If you don't give into temptation, they can drive you crazy, but if you do indulge, you may feel guilty and get upset with yourself. How do you handle your sugar cravings?

Why Do I Crave Sugar When I'm Not Even Hungry?
Many of us feel those annoying sugar cravings. There may be a couple of different reasons for that to happen. Learn more about sugar cravings and how to fight them.

How Much Added Sugar Can I Eat a Day?
Sugar adds calories and sweetness to foods, but it doesn't add anything else nutritionally. Is it okay to eat a little sugar every day or should you avoid it completely?

How Many Carbohydrates Do I Need Each Day?
Knowing your daily calorie intake will help you determine how many carbohydrates you need each day. Here's how to calcium your carbohydrate need.

Artificial Sweeteners: Safety and Information
Review the uses and safety profiles with this list of nonnutritive sweeteners. Most of them are also considered artificial sweeteners.

What Not to Do on a Low-Calorie Diet
You know what to do (eat less and choose healthier foods), but here are a few tips for what not to do when you're on a low-calorie diet.

Four Ways to Measure Body Composition at Home
If you're going to lose or gain weight, you need to keep track of your weight and body composition. I've got some tips for using four different methods of measuring your body composition.

Added Sugars - Nothing More Than Added Calories
Added sugars aren't found naturally in any foods, they're added during the manufacturing process. They don't offer anything nutritionally other than extra calories. Learn how to find and avoid added sugars.

What Does Energy-Dense Mean?
Your body needs energy, but eating too much gets stored as fat. Learn more about energy density.

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