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That's the margin in which you can eat more and gain weight and not realize it, but it's also, thankfully, the margin where you can eat less. If you ate 1,000 calories less than you ordinarily would, you'd be uncomfortable for most of the day. You'd be irritable, you'd feel hungry, you'd feel light-headed. But if you carve 200 calories out of your day every day, at the end of one year you're going to weigh 20 lbs. less than you otherwise would. And that's without feeling hungry.
So do you follow your own advice?
Yes. I'm probably 175 lbs., and I'm 6 ft. 1 1/2 in. But I don't weigh myself very often. One key to this is not to obsessively say, "Did I lose 2 oz. today?" •