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Diets and Dieting

Shedding pounds sensibly and making weight loss stick

Shedding pounds sensibly and making weight loss stick

A year ago, Debbie Belle found herself in the same unhealthy situation as one-third of American adults. At 5 feet 6 inches and 221 pounds, she had a body-mass index above 30 and was officially obese, according to weight criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Belle, 54, had tried several of the best-known programs on the multibillion-dollar weight-loss market. She enjoyed early success with one or two. But each turned out to be too pricey, too stress-inducing or too unwieldy to keep her committed for the long haul.

Then, she says, she tried the cheapest, lowest-pressure, most self-effacing program she'd ever run across, and the decision transformed...

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