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How to lose 9,000 pounds (or less): Put it in writing

Trying to lose weight? Here's advice on counting calories from people who've done it (in “How to Lose 9,000 lbs. (or less),” Hundreds of Heads Books, $13.95):



“Keep a journal of your daily eating habits. On the first page, list your ideal diet in terms of types of foods and servings. For each day of the diet, record everything you intake orally … It's an amazing wake-up call since it shows you what you are really putting into your body each day. You will be able to see if you are neglecting a food group or overcompensating with another.”

– Bethany, Bethesda, Md.; she lost 5 pounds.



“You can eat a lot for 1,500 calories if you eat fruits, vegetables and lean protein.”

– Trudy, Springville, Utah; lost 8 pounds



“I counted calories, plain and simple. The advice came from my mother, who is 5'4” and lost 40 pounds this way!”

– Naomi, San Francisco; lost 8 pounds.

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