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

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Hungry? Drink water!

Thirst sometimes mimics hunger. Drink water and wait a while to see if you are truly hungry, or just getting dehydrated.

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Life Happens - No More Excuses

If you want to lose weight, stop making excuses. Life happens. You must be consistent, prepared & not allow a detour to undermine your goals. If you want to lose, you'll find a way to bypass the detour & manage to stay on course. Plan for the unexpected & be determined to never quit trying.

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Feeling Wet

I have read in 3 different places that instead of drinking 8 glasses of water a day you should drink half of your body weight. For example if you weigh 160lbs you should drink 80oz of water which is about 10 glasses of water a day to shed those unwanted pounds.

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Use Smaller Plates

One thing I've found that helps is to eat off of smaller plates and use smaller bowls. The only exception? Have larger glasses of water! You don't want to fill up the small plates but you won't feel bad if you lick the plate clean!!

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Consistency

I've lost 10 pounds in 8 weeks with SparkPeople. It doesn't matter if you mess up a day, or miss a workout, just get back to it, do what you've learned here, and you WILL lose too!

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Eating out

When eating out with my fiance I usually like to choose the place before going. Then I can look at their meal and see if it on here and enter it , so that I know the calories I need to save for it or can add to it

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A meal is a meal is a meal...

Love this one I found here: A restaurant or vacation meal is not a "treat", it is a meal!

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Eat Slowly

If you will chew tediously slowly, savor each bite and put your fork down between bites, you will give your brain enough time to know that you've satisfied your hunger before you overeat.

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filling and refreshing snack

When I have no calories to spend and I need something in my stomach *right now* I reach for a 1/4 cup to 1 cup of crispy, juicy jicama (yam bean) with a twist of citrus and a dash of paprika.

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Water

I don't like the taste of water! Adding Crystal Light only hurts my throat b/c of the Aspartame. I buy lemons and limes - just to throw them away b/c they are old. I add True Lemon to my water and I can't believe how easy it is to drink my 8 glasses of water! It works perfect for me!

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