Forget Ideal: 9 Real Weight-Loss Rules That Work

How to drop the pounds without driving yourself crazy (11 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:53PM

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Forget Ideal: 9 Real Weight-Loss Rules That Work

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No Late-Night Eating

Your ideal world thinking: "Eating in the evening will sabotage my weight-loss efforts. The best rule is to never eat after 7 p.m."

Real world solution: The only thing that can sabotage your weight-loss plan is eating extra calories. You can eat whatever time you want as long as you stay within your calorie limit for the day. If you enjoy an after-dinner snack, try saving some calories from earlier in the day to eat at night. Allow yourself a snack of up to 200 calories in the evening and just eat 200 fewer calories during the day.

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