The 5-Step Weight-Loss Plan That Helped One Town Lose 7,961 Pounds
1. Set a Goal to Lose 5 Pounds
Little things add up: losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as help lift your self-confidence and energy levels.
How to do it: If you want to lose a pound a week, try this simple formula: Your current weight x 12 = the number of calories needed each day to maintain your current weight. To lose 1 pound a week, cut 500 calories a day. It is not recommended to go below a 1,200-calorie day.