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Weight Loss Secrets

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

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Keeping Track

The sparkpeople food tracker helps so much! In the past, I'd think I was "being bad" and then kind of give up because I would think I was already off plan. But now when I think I've gone over, I track it and I'm often surprised to see that I'm still within my calorie allowance!

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Brush your teeth when hungry...

Whenever I get a craving for the bad stuff, I grab my toothbrush instead. A quick brush leaves a minty taste in my mouth, and the last thing I want to do after brushing is eat!

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Aim for High Fibre

I found that by aiming between 30-35 grams of fibre per day, I am satisfied for longer periods of time after each meal. Breakfast may be porridge with fruit, snacks may include almonds and I try to have some sort of bean dish with either lunch or supper (check out vegetarian chili)!

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Tracking

I track everything I eat in a 3 month journal (Weight Watchers), and keep them. Then I can look back and see what I was doing when I was successful or how I got off a plateau or what I'm eating that I shouldn't be. Tracking makes food my friend instead of the enemy.

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I'll have it tomorrow

When there is something that I want to eat that is high in calories (potato chips, pizza, ice cream, candy), I tell myself that if I still want it tomorrow I will have it then. This especially works with those "surprise" cravings or impulse eating.

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Practice Self Control

When you want a whole slice of cake, or a candy bar, or anything else that isn't so great for you - practice some self control. Have a few bites or a small slice of cake, a mini candy bar, half of the portion size, etc. It is the small steps that make the difference.

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Eat An Apple!

If I think I'm hungry, and it's not snack time or meal time,
I eat an apple before anything else!!!!!!!!

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Track via "memo"

If I'm away from home or just can't get to the computer, I use my cell phone to save my meals as a memo or sometimes go the extra mile and actually email it to myself. It's also helpful to include nutritional info if it's available.

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Keep the bathroom scale in the kitchen!

I bought a bathroom scale on clearance and it happened to be red. (How many people have RED bathrooms?) I have a lot of red in my kitchen so it gave me the idea... why not keep the scale in the kitchen? It's so thin and lightweight it fits right in a drawer by my FRIDGE. Coincidence? I think not!

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Read nutrition data BEFORE going to a restaurant

After going to a restaurant, ordering an entrée which looks healthy, and then going home to read nutrition data, only to become angry with the restaurant for "tricking me," I have decided to read the nutrition data before going to the restaurant, so that I can make better choices.

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