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

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Gum

I am so NOT a gum-chewer. But I am a boredom eater. And I've found that chewing gum helps keep me from mindless eating. So now I keep gum at my desk, where I'm most likely to just nibble on anything I can get my hands on. And it helps! That, and lots of water.

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Feeling Full Faster

I did this whenever I was eating one of my required 3 meals for the day. Gulp down as much water as possible in between bites. The key was to drink as much water I could before the next bite. This made me full really fast, even before everything was finished on my plate.

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Feeling Full Faster

I did this whenever I was eating one of my required 3 meals for the day. Gulp down as much water as possible in between bites. The key was to drink as much water I could before the next bite. This made me full really fast, even before everything was finished on my plate.

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Honesty truely is the best policy!

Be honest with yourself! Sometimes I would take a few bites of something (cookies,cake,chocolate!) and the devil on my shoulder would tell me I don't need to write it down...luckily the angel on the other shoulder has become louder and I started to really hold myself accountable.

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KEEP BUSY

I try to keep myself busy when i'm at home to avoid the boredom munchies, it really does work!

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Weight Loss Secret of Success - Work Smart, Not Hard

A secret to success for me has been maintaining a daily caloric intake LESS than what SP suggests. I don't do it on purpose but have found most often that I am not hungry enough to consume the 1400-1700 calories each day. This allows me to be a little more lazy with regard to exercise.

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Don't clean your plate

I always felt so guilty if I don't eat everything on my plate. I'm breaking this habit and I will literally throw food away if I have to. To avoid this, I just try to put less on my plate or set the rest aside for a snack or another meal.

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Pick a day for planning and LOVE your reusable containers

Portion control they say is the way to go. Well I have designated Sundays (my only day off) to make meals and designate portions in advance. I love the little ziplock or glad containers - I portion out for example 1/4 chix breast, 1 cup of brown rice or whole grains, and a side of green veggies.

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Drink Civilized!

Everyone, myself included lug around their water bottles, and I rarely see anyone take a sip. So while at work, I bought myself a nice stemmed glass, and pour my ice cold water into the glass. Makes me feel like drinking it and seems much more manageable. Being cold adds to calorie loss!

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Foods that are already portioned!!!

When I first started the program I found it easier to count calories by using foods that are pre-portioned. Like applesauce in the cups, brown rice in the cups, lean cuisine panini as a treat for lunch and to keep peace with my husband I eat low calorie foods he prepares, but in a salad plate.

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