There is one critical law of weight loss that cannot be avoided: in order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you eat. There are multiple ways to attain this differential, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. The eating plan that follows is designed to reduce your daily intake by giving up empty-calorie food that encourages bingeing and replacing it with healthy wholesome foods that will fill you up. The ultimate result is that you’ll drop your gut without feeling as if you are on a restrictive diet. All you have to do is take one small step at a time. By easing into this diet, you’ll be far more likely to stick with it and achieve the goals that you want to achieve.

Follow the three following steps and you will soon come to realize that a weight loss diet doesn’t have to mean giving up food that tastes good.

Step 1: Eliminate All Extra Sugar

This first step is the easiest way to shape up any diet in a hurry. A survey performed by the USDA found that the average American consumes over 80 grams of added sugar every single day. To put that into perspective, that's approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar. It was found that 91% of these sugars come from soda, baked goods and breakfast cereals, candy, artificial fruit drinks, and sweetened dairy products like chocolate milk and ice cream.

So what will your new diet consist of? Things that aren’t on the list, such as meat, vegetables, whole fruits, eggs, whole grain products, and dairy products with no added sugars. Because cravings are a fact of life, you can go ahead and give into them, but only for one meal each week. This meal will help you stay on track for the long-term, and that’s the goal of this diet: long-term change.

If you haven’t already caught this, the key to this diet is to not sweat the small stuff. Getting caught up in small details generally has the effect of causing people to stray from their diet and ultimately fail to reach their weight loss goals. By doing something as simple as abstaining from foods that have added sugar, you automatically eliminate most junk food and instantly stop consuming empty, gut-building calories.

For most people, this first step will painlessly give them the results they want. Stick to this step for two weeks, and if you aren’t seeing any weight loss, move on to the second step.

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