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Trying Low Carb (again)

I don't know if it's a secret - but I've been doing the low carb style for the last 9 weeks or so and I've lost 42 pounds. There isn't a lot of variety in my diet as I don't enjoy 50% of the veggies I'm "allowed" to eat - but I'm making it work with different spices and I'm ok with eating the same ...

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watch those little tastes as you cook. They add up

Sometimes when we cook , we constantly taste and I know you have to sometimes but not every couple of min. Every time you take those little tastes, you are adding more calories. It might not seem like much but as you add them together, it could come out to more than you thought.

Choices are...

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Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day to Feel Full and Eat Less

To help with my weight loss efforts I have been working to drink more water each day, and also to cut soda from my diet and replace it with water as my drink of choice.

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day helps me stay hydrated and avoid overeating. I have read articles about how people c...

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Ask For A To Go Box Right Away

Were you always told to eat what's on your plate? We were always told that we had to finish everything that was put in front of us. When you go to restaurants, you try to finish everything in front of you and you're always trying to push that one last bite.
Since our minds are trained to sa...

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Diets don't work!

Diets don't work in the long term. Diets are for the "here and now" but in order to lose weight and keep it off FOREVER we have to change the way we THINK. It's all in our mind!

The root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools...

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The Importance of Water

One thing that I have noticed that helps me out is to drink about 8 ounces (half of a bottle) of water before I begin a meal. The water seems to help me feel less hungry, and therefore I don't seem to overeat as much.

Another thing I do is to flavor water with things like lemon or lime juice...

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Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!)

I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calorie...

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Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!)

I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calorie...

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How to Raise Metabolism

From e.med.expert Three factors impact your energy expenditure: 1. Basal metabolic rate - calories body needs to maintain body functions while at rest. 2. Thermic effect - calories required to digest, absorb, transport, and store food. 3. Physical activity -calories expended during daily activity, l...

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Blog and log

Make sure and blog your thoughts and log your food every day. When I do that I always lose. Stop doing those things and I gain.

It is difficult to share your thoughts with strangers sometimes. If that is the case make your page private or use a private journal off the internet. Entering som...

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