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  • I can really relate to the benefits of drinking water. prior to joining SP, I drank little to no water. I now drink 8 cups of water a day, and i can really feel the difference, and see it in my skin. I'm also less likely to overeat, because I maintain a "full" feeling from water. Thanks SP!!
    LALIZARDE : I deal with that by finding recipes online for the foods I really like and entering them in the SparkRecipes recipe calculator. My DH and I eat a wide variety of ethnic foods and I find I can continue to stay within my calorie range if I put some energy into working out the details myself. Yes, it's more work than entering something from Chile's or Applebees, but that's just reality in my world.
    I really appreciate all the good advice offered by Sparkpeople!! Thanks for providing good tips and helpful information. . . We might know the basic guidelines for good health, but reminders keep us on track -- and re-energize us. The support and the encouragement enable many of us to persevere towards our goal! THANK YOU!!
  • Who doesn't eat at least one fruit or vegetable a day?

    For that matter, what TV?

    I really can't relate to whoever it is this article is talking to. Is this site full of people who don't know what a veggie is and park their butts in front of the TV all the time? Jeez, if that's what it took to lose weight, I'd be a toothpick. I eat all my veggies and I'm not totally sure my TV works, it was acting funny last time I turned it on 6 months ago.

    Why is the advice on this website mostly for inactive suburban family-oriented people? I'm single. My problem is I'm never at home, I'm always out with friends, so it's hard to control what I eat, and even harder to measure. I don't eat at crappy chain restaurants like Chili's, for which there are calorie counts available. I have no idea how many calories are in that bowl of pho or a vietnamese crepe or my local restaurant's frijoles.

    This website is full of articles that basically say the same thing over and over again, but what I could really use is a better food database.
    This is the best way to start, I am so glad I found this
  • I LOVE the fast break approach! And the Spark Streaks that you can keep track of are a great motivator too! For example, seeing that it's been 35 days since I've had a soda helps remind me that I really don't miss it!

  • Thank you for this reminder. I have a habit of "all or nothing" I just notice coffee is on the NO list. I guess "practice makes perfect" is into play.
    Since I don't work my eating schedule is different. Those that wake up whee early in the my 9:00am is like a mid morning snack to you. My bedtime is midnight. Eating a 6pm snack is too long for me. 8pm is fine enough for me. I don't laydown until after midnight.
    People who suffer heartburn definitely should not eat 3hrs before bedtime. Acid Reflux and Hearburn are real medical conditions that cause people to suffer. I am one of them and know better than to eat before I go to bed. Some people can get away with it but others cannot.
  • Everybody has a different "hunger weakness" time of day, regardless of what or what has not been eaten prior. Evenings after work are definitely when I'm at my hungriest. I manipulate my WW points so that I have plenty to eat at night. I am fortunate enough that I do not have a reflux or tummy problem with this. I spent time & calories trying to start my day with a real breakfast. It never worked. It's not my "time of day" for a real meal. I got tired of trying to force it on myself & have been happier since.
  • Eating before bed is something that my gastroenteroligist advised strongly against. Not for weight loss purposes, but because having food in your stomach when you're horizontal for hours can contribute to acid reflux and may exacerbate ulcers or stomach inflammation that you already may have.

    I don't know about this concept being called a "myth" because eating within two or three hours of hitting the hay just isn't healthy.

    I agree with the eating after dinner myth. I am on Weight Watchers and I eat a bedtime snack every night and still lose weight but I try to stay within my points. I think as long as it is healthy it is good and eating small frequent meals is better for your metabolism.
    Too bad Spark is contributing to the old don't eat before bedtime myth.
  • These are great tips! Esp the "no eating 2 hours before bed" rule. it always seems to be the hardest for me.
  • I agree with this article. I really used to have a problem eating breakfast and I really be hungry throughout the day and end up eating the high calorie foods. I change from taking a step by eating something light and I am getting use to eating in the morning. I am 34 once I turned 12 I stop eating breakfast so all these years of not having a heathly breakfast have been the cause of a slow metabolism. I just start eating breakfast this year.

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