There's no shortage of expert weight loss advice out there. But sometimes, after a while, it can start to sound a little unattainable (not to mention repetitive). That's why the best tips can often come from people who've actually been there.
So let’s set aside the studies for a moment (though if that's what you're looking for we have plenty of tested advice, too). The tips below come from women who have all lost significant amounts of weight—more than 70 pounds each!—which means they understand the frustration, heartbreak, and emotions that can come with trying to slim down. And they also understand what really works to not just get the scale to budge, but to also create a new healthier, sustainable lifestyle. Try their advice to see what works for you.
1. Go Ahead and Eat the Cupcake (Sometimes)
“We’re all human, and sometimes I need dessert!” says Cristina Pappadake-Gomez. So she has it—on occasion, and always after a healthy meal. “'When you eat veggies and protein first, you’re so filled up with the good stuff that there isn’t much room for other foods. And then having just a taste—a few bites—is enough.” It might sound impossible at first, but it’s helped her lose 110 pounds and counting.
2. Share With Friends
“Because this is a part of my life, there is no way I am going to deprive myself of the things that make me happy,” says Annmarie Mercieri, who has lost more than 85 pounds. “One of the biggest things that helped me is sharing my 'bad' food with someone. This way I’m more prone to eat less of it because I don’t want to wolf the whole thing down in front of my friend.”