Remember, magazine editors are out to make a profit. Don’t get tricked by a headline reading: “Less Effort, Amazing Results”. True health and amazing results require effort. Lots of it. With that said, there can be some great advice in these mags! Especially in Prevention and Women’s Health, which are staffed by medical professionals.
To take off 1 pound per week, you need to create a "deficit" of 500 calories per day. You can do this by eating 250 fewer calories a day (for example, cut out a 20-ounce bottle of regular soda) and burning an extra 250 calories through physical activity (for example, walk for 2.5 miles)