12 Tricks to Drop Up to 5 Pounds in a Week


1. TRACK YOUR DIET.

“Eating fewer calories than you burn will help you lose weight—it’s that simple,” Dr. Seltzer says. “But you need to know your patterns before you can make a plan.”

To assess how much you’re actually eating to maintain your current weight, Dr. Seltzer recommends using MyFitnessPal. Just input whatever you eat, and be honest. The app will calculate your daily calorie intake without judgement (or any math on your end). “No food is inherently good or bad,” Dr. Seltzer says.

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