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People Who Lost a Bunch of Weight Reveal the One Change That Helped Them

Published On 08/25/2016 Published On 08/25/2016
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Losing weight can seem like a complicated mix of nutrition, caloric math, hymns in praise of the weight gods, exercise, secret government experiments, and blind luck. In reality, it usually just boils down to one or two big lifestyle habits that, with consistency, make those extra pounds melt away.

This is good news! For most people, it's easier to focus on a few lifestyle shifts than it is to try a complete overhaul. Take these Redditors, for example. Some have lost 20lbs, others 50, and one guy lost a whopping 198lbs -- in this thread, they cite the one or two biggest changes that helped them drop their unwanted weight. 

Swap out soda for flavored, unsweetened tea

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Adopt a dog you'll need to exercise 

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Skip breakfast if early-morning meals don't agree with you

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Opt for raw veggies as a healthy snack

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Watch your carbs and simple sugars

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Don't bring temptation foods into the house

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Track every calorie (pro tip: MFP = MyFitnessPal)

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Skip the sugar in your coffee

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Eat to fit your schedule, not anyone else's

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Cut back on alcohol and caffeine 

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Learn to cook for yourself like a damn adult

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Only eat when you're hungry

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Resist going back for seconds 

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Plan all your meals

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Get your greens in any way necessary

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Christina Stiehl is a Health and fitness staff writer for Thrillist who now has another reason to get a dog. Follow her @ChristinaStiehl.

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