25 ways to lose 10 pounds

Losing weight doesn't have to be so hard. Here are 25 easy ways to reach your goal.
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Losing weight, unfortunately, isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. What helps one person shed pounds may backfire on another. Because we're all so different, from our food preferences to our body chemistry, the only successful way to reach and maintain a healthy weight is to find what works for you. We've read the studies, the books, the reports, and the theories. We've been talking to experts and trying to keep ourselves trim for years. There probably are a million ways to gain 10 pounds, but here are 25 ways to lose them--whether you want to know how to lose the last 10 pounds or first. (Click here for 25 additional ways to lose 10 pounds.)

By Joy Manning, Prevention

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Water yourself

Research shows that dieters who guzzle plenty of H2O lose more weight than those who don't. Keep things interesting with these 25 slimming sassy water recipes.

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Halve at it

Divide your normal portion by two and save the rest for later. You're likely to feel full on less food than you think. (Do you know that the average person eats 580 calories a day in snacks? Click here for 16 ways to curb mindless munching.)

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Go meatless

In general, vegetarians have lower body weights than their meat-eating peers. Follow their lead--at least until you drop a few pounds. (Check out these vegetarian dishes that blast belly fat  to get started.)

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Go vegan

Vegetarianism not helping you lose? Take it to the next level by swearing off eggs and dairy, too. Cheese can be a diet killer. (See why one foodie became a part-time vegan --and you can, too.)

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Get fresh

Eliminate packaged foods and eat only fresh ingredients you've prepared. No bags, boxes, cans, or cartons allowed. (Want to go organic but not sure where to start? Download our Organic fruits and veggies shopping guide to learn which items you should always buy organic.)

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Diet 2 days a week

If you can't stick to a program all the time, try slashing your calories to 650 a day just two days a week and eating normally the other days. One study suggests this offers protection from breast cancer as well as assistance with weight loss.

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Not so sweet

Everyone knows sugar isn't healthy, but when you start reading labels, you find it in unexpected places, like pasta sauce and frozen entrées. Cutting the sugar out of your diet will mean healthier meals overall. (Check out these sneaky places hidden sugars lurk.)

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Cut the flour

The short-term elimination of floury foods like white bread and pastries can efficiently kick-start your weight loss plan.

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Be a virgin

Alcoholic beverages are some of the emptiest calories out there. Replace them with water, and the weight comes off. (Here are the Best ways to stay hydrated.)

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