One Woman Loses 60 Pounds Through CaloriesCount.com and Offers Simple Tips for Successful, Long-Term Weight Loss

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Sarah in Charlotte, NC, dreamed of looking and feeling great on her wedding day but her goal seemed out of reach. In fact, Sarah dreaded shopping for her wedding dress, as she was more than 50 pounds overweight. By logging on to CaloriesCount.com in December of 2005, Sarah was able to shed 57 pounds and went from a size 14-16 to a comfortable size six. She has kept the weight off for approximately seven months. Because of her success, Sarah offers simple tips for brides-to-be and anyone who wants to lose weight and keep it off for good.

A woman's wedding will last forever through pictures and memories and it is a day when a woman wants to look her best. But for Sarah in Charlotte, NC, her dream of looking and feeling great on her wedding day seemed out of reach. In fact, Sarah dreaded shopping for her wedding dress, as she was more than 50 pounds overweight. After a late night scare with severe acid reflux, Sarah decided to lose the weight and keep it off for good. She signed up with the online dieting program, CaloriesCount.com, and never looked back.

By logging on to CaloriesCount.com in December of 2005, Sarah was able to shed 57 pounds and went from a size 14-16 to a comfortable size six. She has kept the weight off for approximately seven months.

Because of her success, Sarah offers simple tips for brides-to-be and anyone who wants to lose weight and keep it off for good:

·Make lifestyle changes and dump the "on again, off again" dieting mentality. "I knew a 'diet' would never work for me. The idea of controlling portions and watching my caloric intake made a lot of sense to me," says Sarah. CaloriesCount.com dietitian Beth Hubrich adds: "Incorporating simple substitutions into your normal eating regimen can be very effective. Sugar-free foods and beverages can help people control calories without skimping on taste. For example, switching from a regular soda to a diet soda can save 150 calories a day, which could lead to a weight loss of 15 pounds a year."

·Make exercise a priority. Sarah comments: "You really must exercise. You must find a way to fit exercise into your day, every day. Even when you're finished losing the weight, you still must exercise as it's important to your health and your long-term success." Exercise can be incorporated into even the busiest schedule by breaking it up into ten-minute intervals throughout the day.

·Find support. Research indicates that people trying to lose weight have greater success when there is a support group or weight loss buddy to assist during tough times and to share their accomplishments. Sarah found the support she needed through the support community at CaloriesCount.com. "We sign in every day and check in with each other, and we have a weekly weigh-in that's very helpful," she explains.

·Beware of naysayers. Sarah found that as her weight loss progressed some people in her life became jealous or did not understand her commitment to getting healthy. "It can be very hurtful but you just have to ignore any negativity around you. It's important to stay strong and committed."

Through CaloriesCount.com and a healthy lifestyle approach, Sarah has managed to lower her cholesterol, reduce her heartburn and acid reflux. She also managed to fit into a size eight wedding dress for her wedding in October of 2006. "I wanted to look good. And I did!"

However, she cautions, "Many people want results immediately and if they don't see them, they give up. Remember that it took you a long time to get where you are and it will take some time to undo it." Sarah and many others have found the long-term weight loss success they were looking for through CaloriesCount.com. The site is non-commercial, does not contain advertisements of branded products, and membership is available for a low cost. Also, the CaloriesCount.com approach is to educate and support a healthy lifestyle rather than offer quick weight loss schemes. For more information, visit http://www.CaloriesCount.com.

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