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We don't study unsuccessful businesses and then tailor our business after them, so why do that with your weight loss? There are a lot of people who are good at losing weight but not good at keeping it off. Seek out those that have succeeded long term and learn from them, ask questions and succeed.
Sugar free popsicles are great- ALL DAY LONG between meals, if you have an inclination to snack. Also, SF jello, plain broth, herbal teas. You can make flavored ice by adding a drop of lime or lemon juice and some Splenda into water and putting it into ice cube trays. No high carb snacks!
It's Michael Pollan's description of a healthy diet. It means you should eat real food (not the highly processed supermarket stuff). You should eat meat and carbs but focus on enough vegetables, fruits etc. Cook it yourself and you will know when enough's enough and what healthy and what's not.
When you think you are hungry, many times you are really thristy and are misreading your body's cues. Drink an 8 oz glass of water first. Great b/c staying hydrated is so important, and if you are then hungry you'll eat less b/c your stomach is full! :-)
I have found that for me, one of the best ways to be sure I get the sufficient amount of water (and not overeat!) is to take a sip of water between each bite when I eat. Even if it is a snack, I do this, and it has really helped with my weight loss goals!
I went from eating a lot of deep fried food to a healthy diet and no deep fried foods. My main success is counting calories. I limited myself to a 1200 calorie intake a day for 30 days. I made sure I took vitamins and supplements. I felt a lot better in 10 days after I started.
I have to say that I am less hungary then my pre-diet days. I started 1-Jan and have lost 18 lbs. Key is positive mindset. I wake up everday with 1600-1900 calories to 'spend'. If I need more, then I go have a great workout. Hard work pays off!