Weight Loss Diet Tips

Fine-tune your lifestyle

It's a familiar story: You pledge to observe a daily elliptical routine and count every last calorie. But before long, you're eating cupcakes at the position and grabbing happy hour mojitos, thinking, Oops, diet over.

Swap the all-or-nothing approach for one or two healthy switches-ups in your everyday routine. "Managing this can run to more weight loss than you ever imagined," says Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater's Diet.

In fact, we talked to readers who knocked off 10, 25, even 60 pounds with some easy tweaks. Borrow their slim-down secrets to transform your body the real-world way.

Swap your go-to order

"I used to eat out at restaurants up to nine times a workweek! By reducing back to only once a week and ordering a grilled chicken salad instead of a big roll of pasta, I've lost 20 quid in one month." -Kerri Butler, Joplin, MO

Skip the salty aisle

"I got to my goal weight after I stopped routinely buying snacks at the grocery shop. If I wanted a bag of french fries or a candy bar, I had to walk to the shop to find it. That inconvenience usually made me cut my cravings." -Heather Del Basso, Worcester, MA

Have a 300-calorie breakfast

"I used to skip breakfast, but nowadays I never move without. I always eat about 300 calories of agoodly mixture of protein and whole cereals. My work-to meal: a sandwich with natural peanut butter and apple butter. It goes on my hunger down and then I snack less throughout the daytime. In a little over a year, I've shed 65 pounds." -Bo Hale, Tulsa, OK

Get fit in five

"I try to go in small bouts of employment whenever possible, like doing jumping jacks or crunches during television commercials or dancing while washing dishes. This burns extra calories andprevents me from mindlessly munching in front of the TV. Right away my clothes fit way better, and I'm more toned than ever." -Megan Tiscareno, Hammond, IN

Kick the habit

"I give up smoking, and right away joined a gymnasium and began playing out with a personal trainer. There was no way I could exercise and feel healthy if I kept lighting up. I've already dropped 37 pounds in three months!" -Leila Fathi, Memphis, TN

Do a purge

"I completely cleaned out my pantry. In one case I replaced the foods I used to overindulge in, like ice cream, with lower-Cal snacks, such as roasted sunflower seeds or Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal, I began creating better choices automatically. Today, I'm slimmer than I was in front I threwmy two kids!" -Lori Feldman, Coconut Creek, FL

Healthy up your happy hour

"After work, my fellows and I always grabbed dinner-and it has been usually deep-fried. And so weswitched things up. Instead of nights away, we started walking and racing around a local racetrack. A year afterwards, I'm down 40 pounds." -Ellen Setzer, Cleveland, OH