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Simple Ways to Cut Calories

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Success

As with any weight loss plan, Palumbo said to be sure to eat at least 1,200 calories a day and eat every four to five hours to keep your metabolism working at its peak. And always make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat within two hours of waking up are more likely to control their weight than those who skip the first meal of the day. Eating a protein-rich breakfast is even more beneficial, as protein gives your body a bigger metabolic boost than carbohydrates or fat, makes you feel fuller longer, and builds muscle mass.

Note: The calories you burn by following this plan will vary based on your age, weight, gender and exerted effort. The estimates given are for a middle-aged woman weighing 150 pounds.

By Jennifer Lazuta. Published January 6, 2014. Jennifer Lazuta earned her Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism and is a Dakar, Senegal-based freelance writer.