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I put chocolate milk in my coffee every morning. It is only 40 calories, but tastes rich and helps start my morning off on a good foot. I don't feel the deprivation of "die"ting because I am truly "living" with my morning treat!
I have learned to pack my snacks and take em with me. In the morning I will make a few small 100cal aprox snacks and throw em in my bag. Then while I am at work, instead of running to the machine when I get a bit peckish, I can reach in my bag and get something healthy.
Cardio is always the best way to start your journey in weight loss by cardio I mean walking, jogging or even biking regular or stationary and as you become more comfortable then start focusing on lifting weights
I've read it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to know you have eaten. So it is recommended you eat slowly. But sometimes I'm still hungry after I've eaten my planned meal slowly. But here's a secret. Often if I just wait, usually 20 more minutes, but sometimes up to an hour, the hunger goes away.
Thinking of everything as a choice over which I have complete control helps me to stay within my calorie range. I ask myself, "Would I rather have chow mein noodles on my salad or a cookie for dessert?" Thinking this way keeps me from feeling deprived. I am in control!