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

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Eat what you want but with moderation

It is so difficult but it comes down to that. We all know it. And you know? Besides loosing weight our wallet grows. Yes growing is possitive. Why spend so much on diet products. In stead of a spoon of peanutbutter take just half a spoon. You still have the taste but half the calories. Goodluck!!

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What do I REALLY want?

When I have a craving, I stop and think about what I REALLY want. Usually I'm thirsty so start with a glass of water. What else do I need?
Salt? Tomato with salt does the trick.
chocolate? Heat up skim milk and put Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa in it with some Splenda.

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Fill up before filling up

I eat a cup of baby carrots 20 minutes before a meal to tell my brain that I'm already filling up. That way I'm not tempted to go back for seconds or thirds. This is a particularly good trick when going out to eat or over to the in-laws.

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Sugar Free is the way to Be

I eat sugar free candy when I get those 3:00 in the afternoon and after dinner cravings. It has helped me to not have to give up what I like and still allows me stick to my calories and carb levels that I have set for myself.

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Craving Something Sweet

I have a sweet tooth, so when I want something sweet I air pop some popcorn, and use cooking spray (rather than butter) then mix some cinnamon and splenda and sprinkle it on the popcorn (the spray makes it stick). 5 cups is 160 calories! It's a wonderful sweet treat!

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Pocket guide

I have a Food On The Go Pocket Guide that fits in my purse, A guide to making wise choices when eating out.
It lists restaurants , healthiest food at that restaurant and calories, fiber etc.
I also try and look at this book and a menu before getting to the restaurant

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Surviving An All You Can Eat Buffet

Circumstances find us in the worst positions - like the buffet! Take an empty plate and tour through all the options zeroing in on the healthy, baked, broiled, steamed and of course vegies. Go back to the start and pick and choose those options that work with your meal plan. You're in control!

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Online Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Calculator

Based on SparkPeople's BMR article, (which needs pen & paper to tabulate), I created an online calculator you can use.

Just paste this address into your web browser.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AqoF5lLFfIwldFpMWHREYm5hTGhNMDRIRlM5WWdEUWc&hl=en

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Watch the Sodium!!

Use the nutrition tracker and add sodium to track and keep it under 2000 mg a day....you'll be surprised at how you change your food choices to fit the sodium requirements.
It will force you to eat more natural foods like fruits and veggies! Stay away from processed foods....You'll feel better!

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Multiple goals

To me tracking weight loss in kilograms means the significant 5/10kg loss points seem long way apart. So I'm also mentally tracking in stones (I'm from the UK) and pounds. That way I give myself more pats on the back when I hit a round number of 10 pounds or drop to the next stone.

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