How to Get Fat

10 things we do that expand our waistlines

Maintaining a healthy weight is all about lifestyle changes, not diets.

Americans are expected to spend $66 billion on weight loss this year. Walk into any bookstore and it's bound to be filled with piles of books on how to lose weight, what is making you gain weight, quick fixes, and weight loss concoctions. The books tell you to "Eat this, take this, buy this, drink this!" and they are selling like bottled water in the desert!

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In reality, however, it takes a conscious decision to create good health, and the choices we make determine the outcome. The most important step in losing weight is to think of long-term lifestyle changes rather than quick-fix solutions. Motivation and willpower are key and you don't need a pill or potion! If you are looking to drop a few pounds and get healthier, then do just the opposite of the behaviors outlined in the slideshow and you will see results. Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective can be a real eye-opener.

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Diane Henderiks is a personal chef and culinary nutritionist on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well. Follow her on Twitter @dhenderiks, "Like" Diane on Facebook, or visit her website.