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Whenever I buy food that has multiple servings (like crackers, nuts, dried fruit) I figure out how many servings are in the package and I write that number on the package with a black sharpie marker. Everytime I have a serving I write a little check on the front of the package.
By eating less wholemeal bread I got constipated. 1/4 cup oat bran and 1/4 cup processed wheat bran plus cereal and 2 teaspoons psyllium husks with breakfast; and natural wheat bran and processed wheat bran for desert. The biggest trick was having bran with desert as well as for breakfast.
There are times when I crave something sweet. I'm not really hungry. I definitely don't want those calories. So, I have a variety of flavored lip glosses. I've found them in Twinkie, Banana Split, Fudge Brownie, etc. They're my no-calorie dessert.
I knew that I needed to drink 8 cups of water a day, but hated plain water. I now add the individual flavor packets to my bottle of water. I use different flavors throughout the day and no longer think of it as drinking water. It just tastes good with few or no calories.
If I eat a smoothie in the morning- simply blending any kind of frozen fruit together with some milk and a few almonds- it gets me off to a healthy start and makes me more likely to eat healthy throughout the day.
I applaud those of you out there who lose loads! I was overweight at one point(2-3 stones). I needed to lose it for the ladies!- it was a must. Excess eating = weight gain. Everyones' metabolism is different. Fat stores are used as when food isn't available. All these statements were assessed...
I usually start the day with Coffee with cream, oatmeal, raisins, with fat free milk. That way every morning I start out on the right path. I measure everything so I can record my calories. Find an easy go to meal low in calories and make it your go-to meal. It must be something you really like.