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

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Measure entire dinner on plate and sit down to eat

I measure the portions of the carb, protein, veggies and place them on my plate and sit down at the table to eat slowly and savor it - I do not go back to serve more. This works for planned meals as well as on days when I was too busy to plan, I can still stay within limits and eat healthy.

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Eat

I've found that by eliminating almost all processed foods (including low-cal foods like Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers products, breads, etc,) and eating more 'real" "whole" foods like fruits, vegetables and rice and recipes make from scratch, I am losing more weight more consistently.

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Slow Down!

My then-5-year-old once told my husband at dinner, "Finish chewing what's in your mouth before you take another bite." What an a-ha! Often I am only almost-done chewing the previous forkful when I scoop up another bite. Being mindful of this really slows me down. I also put my fork down now & then.

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Tracking

Be sure to meticulously measure all your foods and track them.

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Measurments

Don't forget to measure your body. Muscle weighs more than fat so even though you may not be losing pounds you could be losing inches. I find that losing inches is just as exciting as losing pounds. Either way you are healthier!

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Work out just a little bit harder and/or longer

When I know I'm going out to eat or (since it's nearly summer) to a cookout and I may splurge, I step up the intensity of my workout or go that extra 20-30 minutes BEFORE I go. I use those extra calories burned for my splurges (drinks or a yummy dessert or whatever!)

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Plan in advance!

Plan everything in advance! Meals for the week, what you will eat, time to exercise. And - it helps to think through potantially difficult situations ahead of time. For example, family get-togethers or restaurants where you might go off your program.

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Losing weight after baby FOR baby

Just make your child/children your motivation. Even though my son is only 3 months I still made a promise to him that I'd do this for him so whenever I think of cheating, I think of breaking a promise to him and that'd be devastating to me! And it's been working really well for me!!!

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Eat the healthy stuff first

I don't deprive myself of treats. I just tell myself that I have to eat the healthy stuff first: 8 glasses of liquid; 5 servings of fruits & veggies; 2 high-calcium foods, sufficient protein and healthy fats. By the time I finish these, I usually don't crave junk anymore.

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Eat Fruits until Lunch-then practice portion control until 8 pm

This is the only diet that I feel I can tolerate forever! I have tried everything, always losing the same 10 lbs and gaining them back. Now I am not bored because breakfast is a 5 fruit smoothie, then fruits only until noon. Afterwards, I eat whatever I want but I watch portion size & I drink water

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