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8 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working


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Diet downfall: You eat a small breakfast.

When it comes to your morning meal, size matters—a lot. A recent study found that eating a substantial breakfast can help you lose some serious weight. Ninety-four women were put on a low-calorie diet. But half the women had a big breakfast (610 calories) and the other half a more modest (290 calories) morning meal. The surprising discovery: In just eight months the larger breakfast group shed, on average, 40 pounds, while their smaller-breakfast counterparts dropped a mere 10 pounds.

Undo the damage: Aim for roughly 500 calories. A breakfast made up of a whole wheat bagel with a tablespoon of trans fat-free margarine, a scrambled egg, and an 8-ounce glass of calcium-fortified O.J., or two slices of whole wheat toast topped with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a sliced banana fits the bill. Not hungry in the a.m.? It's likely you're eating too much or too late at night. To get your appetite in sync, close your kitchen by 8 p.m.

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