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The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.

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Dessert Tea

I have started drinking dessert tea after dinner and while watching tv or reading. My favorite is Stash Chocolate Hazelnut. Add a packet of Splenda and a splash of skim milk and it really does taste like dessert!

My 9-year old son is getting into it, too. We have started having "tea tastings" and keep a big jar filled with various flavors on our kitchen counter. He loves picking out his special tea every night instead of a bedtime snac

- Submitted by JAFMOM19 1/27/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Water the showstopper in your fridge

Keep your water in the most beautiful, pitcher you can find. It will serve as a visual reminder each time you open your fridge to drink your water. It also lets everyone friends and family know that drinking your water is important and it takes center stage.
P.S. its also a wonderful way to get your kids to drink more water, in my house everyone loves to drink out of the pretty pitcher and my kids even refill it when it is empty or remind me to. emoticon

- Submitted by SGAR36 1/12/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Don't give up in the middle of the day

Sometimes if I slip up by eating something I'm not supposed to (like cookies or candies), I throw away the rest of the day and think 'I'll just start again tomorrow' and end up overeating. Instead of this, look at the rest of the day as a new day,

- Submitted by WALKITOFF12 1/10/2015 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Eat Purposefully

I have found if l eat Purposefully, nourishing my body, chewing, not inhaling my food, that l am satisfied physically and mentally.
I went off all sugar almost 5 months ago and my cravings for nutritious foods increased dramatically.

- Submitted by APHRODIDTE 12/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Bites, Licks and Tastes Count!

It is so easy to forget about counting the Bites, Licks and Tastes...those little samples eaten unmindfully while cooking. To really be able to visualize what I'm doing, every so often I will take the food I would have sampled and placed it in a baggie that I refrigerate. I do this for a week, adding to the accumulation from the previous days. It is a real eye-opener and helps keep me aware of the "hidden calories" I've may have actually had. This is especially helpful during the holidays

- Submitted by JMPFEIFER47 12/3/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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walking instead of desert

In stead of having a desert such as Skinny Cow I now go for a 30 minute walk emoticon

- Submitted by PROJECTCHRISSIE 11/25/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Wish I had one

NO secret just following my plan

- Submitted by ALIZAHH 8/24/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Eat a pound of vegetables every day

This is what did it for me. Get a kitchen scale and eat at least a pound of vegetables every day. They fill you up, and you have less room for junk. No food is off- limits, but who has room for a large dessert or second helping of meat when you've just eaten three grilled zucchinis or a shoebox sized serving of spinach?

- Submitted by STRONG_SARAH 8/23/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Spiked water trick

I meant to buy water flavoring this week but forgot. I don't much get inspired by water, even bottled, and I can drink Diet Coke Cherry or Vanilla Zero by the VAT. This isn't good, even though moderate diet soda consumption is ok. So I got the idea to spike my bottled water with about an ounce of Diet Coke. The water spiked with diet cola has enough of the flavor to make it interesting, but it's still mostly water. It makes it much easier to get eight glasses a day.

- Submitted by WINDYCITYCYNDEE 8/22/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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You can get your waters in

you start drinking water, it will become addicting! To get your waters in, keep an 8 oz glass in the restrooms you use and every time you tinkle, drink a cup of water. Before you know it, you have them all in. 8 is not the magic number, if you need more, drink more. Most fruits have a lot of water, I count them as 1/2 glass per serving. Upon first rising, drink 2 (it helps your skin and digestive system). emoticon

- Submitted by BLUEEYECUTIE 8/13/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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