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6 Easy Steps to Lose 10 Pounds Healthfully

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So losing weight is on your “to-do” list? We’ve identified six essential tasks—based on the clinically tested principles of The EatingWell Diet—to help you get it done.

Losing weight certainly has its rewards: more energy, the satisfaction of slipping into a new pair of jeans, better health. Research shows that, if you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and provide better blood-sugar control. But slimming down also means making some sacrifices. You must settle for less dessert, less wine, sometimes even less sleep (gotta fit in that workout somehow!). It often requires carving out some extra time to plan and cook healthy meals. But slimming down doesn’t need to be a full-time job. That’s where we come in.

How can you complete your weight-loss to-do list? Different approaches work for different folks, so we’ve homed in on all sorts of tasks and tools—whether you’re still in love with low-tech tools or you’re tethered to your iPhone (or Droid or BlackBerry). Let’s get started.

Task #1: Set Goals »

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