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5 Tips to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

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Not sure how to lose weight? We have steps to get you to a healthy reading on that scale (without being obsessive)! Credit: Camera Eye Photography

This post on how to lose weight is a part of our second-annual New Year, New Rear Week to help you to be fitter, healthier and a touch (okay, a lot!) more awesome in 2012. Read all New Year, New Rear posts here!

This time of year, almost everyone is looking to lose a few pounds. Whether it’s the couple of extra holiday cookies you nibbled on or the workouts you missed for those fun Christmas parties, most of us have a few extra pounds that weren’t there at the start of the holiday season. But whether you’ve set a New Year’s resolution to lose 5 pounds or 50, we can help.

See, for most, this time of year is about getting back on track and taking things away rather than how we like to see it—adding more awesome to your life. With that in mind, we’ve put together five easy steps that will help you lose the weight for good without losing your mind.

How to Lose Weight Easily

1. Weigh yourself, and then give up the obsession. The scale can be a great weight-loss tool, but it can also be a huge self-esteem crusher when you don’t see your changes reflected on the scale as quickly as you’d like. We’re firm believers that the number on the scale should never determine your self worth, so this New Year, weigh yourself once to get a starting weight, and then put the darn thing in the closet for at least a week, maybe two or three. Invest in a body tape measuring tool, too, so that you can take measurements every other week to see how much your body is really changing. Ya’ll know the scale isn’t the whole story, as it can greatly fluctuate based on what foods you eaten, sodium intake and how hydrated you are.

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