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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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Take WATER with you daily!

It's surprising how thirsty I get during the day and need my water. I am at the weight now I was 22 yrs. ago and REMEMBERED--hey, I used to drink water all the time as soon as I got home from work .Also I find if I have water with me,it causes ..

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preparing ahead of time

I find that if I spend a few hours on Sunday preparing my meals for the week I am far more successful at staying on my plan. This includes having prepackaged snacks available to me that are healthy options.

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Eating Out

When I eat out, I order a to go box and ask the server to bring it with my meal. I immediately place 1/2 to 2/3 of my meal in the box. I eat what is on my plate slowly, giving myself at least 20 minutes to get full. I usually have leftovers for 1-2 meals so it saves money, time and calories.

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The Clothes Knows

Don't judge how you are doing by the scale; judge by your clothes.

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Track EVERYTHING

Write down EVERY LITTLE THING you eat and drink, and its caloric content. Make sure you do not go over your calorie/fat/carb/etc count for the day.

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How to calculate the calories

To lose weight, multiply your present weight by 11 and subtract 500 calories from the total. This is how many calories you can have each day to lose 1 pound per week. Recalculate every Saturday at weigh-in.

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Portion Control

Portion control at each meal has helped me to shed 15 pounds. Even though I was eating healthy before, I was eating too many calories.

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Portion Sizes

I always run late in the mornings. To save time (and calories), when I buy a new box of cereal, I divide it into portion sizes in zipper sandwich bags. Then I put the individual bags back in the box. When I'm late, I can just grab a bag from the box and have the right amount. Works w/ snacks too!

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Help against the sweet tooth

I have problems with my sweet tooth.
But it is a fact that cinnamon can help against it! So when I have a sweet tooth attack that just won't go away I take a apple and quarter it and sprinkle some cinnamon on it. Eating the apple slowly you can just feel the sweet tooth go away.

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My secrets to my recent weight loss

In "The Spark" book I read about Linda. Linda lost 50 pounds. She is in a wheel chair and through Spark she found a way to lose her 50 lbs.
I lost my momentum at 25 out of 50 lbs. I am now 10 lbs from goal weight. I watch my daily intake of carbs closely & feel much better for doing this.

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