I find weight loss very stressful -- when you go out to eat, you always feel like you have to limit yourself to a salad because otherwise, everyone is thinking, "What a pig!" even if you're eating a healthy meal of salmon and greens. The most stressful aspect is my husband, who, being thin as a rail, doesn't need to read weight-loss literature, so has a problem believing that there really is such a thing as not eating *enough.* SparkPeople has been invaluable in lowering my stress levels because, during my first couple of weeks of tracking, I was shocked to realize that my normal (and quite healthy) diet actually did not contain *enough* calories. I was able to boost the calorie count to where it needed to be by adding two cups of fat-free yogurt to my diet, and have actually lost weight, something that hadn't occurred in about 20 years. Just being able to say to my husband, "I lost 2 lbs." every week,, cuts the stress level, too.
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