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

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Protein, Protein, Protein!

I eat protein with every meal and it keeps me satisfied and full much longer than just carbs alone. My favorites include: hard boiled eggs or egg whites, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, turkey jerky, string cheese and tuna pouches.

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Plan Ahead

The number one thing that worked for me was cooking ahead on weekends so that I have food prepped for the week, having breakfast ready the night before, packing my lunch & snacks, and have dinner menu planned ahead of time. It keps me from the drive-thru & mindless eating!

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Control the Nibbles

I tend to take a lot of little nibbles throughout the day. To make sure that I account for those snacks I premeasure a portion of each go-to snack food. Now I can track exactly how much I have eaten. I can count the full portion on one day or break it up over the 3-4 days it takes me to eat it.

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Diet A&W Root beer, a real treat!

When I'm looking for a treat, I have a Diet A&W Root beer and drink it slow, the flavor makes it a real treat @ 0 calories

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Half is good!!!!!!

When I eat out; I cut my meal in half and place it in another dish. I have the set aside portion wrapped and enjoyed another day.

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Don't beat yourself up!

Weight loss is a tough thing to achieve. I try to not beat myself up for slipping every once and awhile by eating or drinking something that isn't 100% healthy. I just make sure to remind myself that I need to make healthy choices for the rest of the day.

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Cure Cravings

I find that if I think I am hungry, I am probably just wanting something to do. I will get something to drink sich as water, unsweet tea, coffee, or diet soda, sit down with a book, newspaper, internet, or writing tablet and drink my drink while I read, write or surf.

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Cheat Day

I always allow myself one cheat day per week, usually Saturday. Just knowing that on Saturday I can eat what I want helps me to make it through the rest of the week.

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Cinnamon Gum

I have issues with portion control. I have found that if I chew cinnamon flavored gum after eating,....it keeps me from going back for more portions/calories and over eating. I think the cinnamon numbs my taste buds too, because if I try to eat after chewing some, food doesn't taste right.

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Brush your teeth

Brush you rteeth after dinner. That mintly clean feeling and tatse will stop, or at leat make you think twice about that snack or sweet treat.

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