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

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Daily caloric intake

Staying within my daily caloric weight loss range everyday has allowed me to steadily loose weight. It takes a lot of focus not to mindlessly eat. Planning ahead makes a big differences and finding other activities to distract hunger pains keeps me on track. Having a lot of weight to lose and rehabb...

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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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Intermittant Fasting Approach

I have lost almost 50 lbs. using the IF approach. Started out simply following the "Every Other Day Diet". It is a very easy to follow plan with very few "rules".
After reaching A lengthy stall, I have done some adjusting, experimenting with differerent approaches.......I have broken ...

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Drink lots of water daily and keep moving.

I eat 1200-1500 calories a day and i drink no less then 10 glasses of water daily, i am also very active. I take between 12000-16000 steps daily. By doing this i have managed to lose 50 pounds. You can do this to. .I wont lie its not easy at my age but i can be done. Its veery hard work...

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Limit Caffeine and Suggested Reading

Having only one cup of coffee and eliminating it (except occasionally), has really helped increase my metabolism and aided in losing weight. I don't crave as much food and everything tastes better. I also cut out pop and limit my intake of artificial sweeteners. Feeling much better due to this si...

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My Most Important "Secret" of Success

By far the most important factor in my successfully maintaining an 80+ pound loss for over 7 years is simply not giving up. No matter what, I keep trying.

I do the best I can each day, but some days my best isn't very good. I avoid self-blame and self-shaming because I know that negative thin...

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Don't Tempt Yourself

This weekend I went through ad figured out which foods I tend to overeat on or that send me over my calorie goal and prevent me from losing weight. I made a list of these foods and have decided not to buy them myself. I feel that if they are not in the house then I will not be able to eat them. I wi...

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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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Meal prepping to save time and keep you on goal.

I pick Sunday as my meal planning, and prepping day for the week. I plan , shop, and prep on this day. I usually make a big pot of soup, or stew. Freeze the left overs mid week to use later. This avoids it spoiling , and you always have soup on hand in a pinch. When fruit is in season and cheap, I ...

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Measure and record

Only by using a food journal, SparkPeople to be precise; have I been able to lose weight and maintain the loss. In 2013 I tipped the scales at 260 pounds. Last weigh-in was 199.6 pounds. I now have an extensive database of foods both home prepared and those when dining out. I look forward to even mo...

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