My coworker and I made a pact to lose 20 pounds each, and we’ve been really good about sticking to our diets. We even started meeting before work for a 30-minute power walk. We had lost about nine pounds each when my friend started skipping out on the walks, but I kept at it. Four weeks later, she’s lost an additional 12 pounds, while I’ve lost only 4 more! Should I stop exercising too?

Remember, people lose weight at different rates, and since you’re still losing, I’d say you’re on the right track. In fact, I bet daily exercise has built additional muscle, which weighs more than fat. So stick with your daily routine. Regular exercise aids metabolism and digestion, plus a brisk 30-minute walk burns 300 calories, which adds up to 2,100 calories a week-or 35 pounds a year!

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