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Within 6 months of starting to use SparkPeople, I was able to reach, and actually exceed my goals for losing weight. It came down to being committed to the very simple act of tracking calories in/calories out. I had exercised many times in the past trying to lose weight, but until I tracked everything I ate, I was not able to consistently lose weight.
Along with me being able to reach my goals for weight loss, my wife has been on this journey with me and has lost a higher percentage of weight than I have. In the process we have also discovered many amazing, healthy, delicious recipes.
In addition to tracking calories, fat, carbs, and protein... keep track of your sodium intake too. It's very easy to stay within your calorie range but majorly exceed your recommended daily sodium allowance. By monitoring this, I have doubled the amount of weight I have lost in half the time!
SparkPeople's Nutrition tracking doesn't automatically track sodium, but you can add this by clicking "Change my nutrition goals" on your nutrition page, and then choosing "Add another nutrient to track."
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