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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!
I have been sticking to foods that are preportioned, such as instant high fiber oatmeal, fruit, lean cuisines, canned or frozen veggies, canned soups that are low sodium, 100 calorie bags of popcorn, there are endless possibilities, but I do try to watch the sodium content as much as possible!
The weight loss program that works best for me is very simple and long term. It cost you absolutely nothing. The program is a bit difficult the first thirty days but then your system will adjust. Guys & Gals trust me, it's the only long term program that works. EAT LESS & EXERCISE MORE
Have some set meals that you eat regularly with the calorie, fat, fiber information calculated and stored (in memory or in a journal.) i.e., breakfast -- fruit, English muffin, light spread;