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

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Fighting that hunger craving...

Whenever I get a hunger pang, I start by getting a big glass of water to drink. If that doesn't help, chewing a piece of sugar-free gum always help to make the craving go away. It also helps for those times when I just want to eat and use to typically eat junk, like in the car ride on the way into...

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When a pound is more than just a pound

Did you know that ever pound you lose you take 4 pounds of pressure off your knees? I've lost 14.5 lbs since last September which took 58 pounds of pressure off my knees! I can really feel the difference.

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Meals

My biggest problem is eating more food than I should. So I found a food scale and weigh everything I eat. It sounds like a pain in the butt, but it really isn't. And who ever said losing weight is easy.

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Extra walking

I always wear a pedometer to work. Its a visual reminder that every step counts.

I don't have time during my work day to go out in the parking lot for a walk, but I sometimes have a few minutes I can spare. I walk up & down the hall.

A few times doing this & I get 1,000 steps! It all a...

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Always have a healthy alternative ready

Keep a healthy alternative (that you really like) ready for when those cravings are too much to resist. Can't tell you how many times I've resisted a second helping at dinner because I know I can eat a fage yogurt afterwards, or refused a huge muffin because I have my favorite granola bar handy.

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Feeders

Become aware of your friends habits when you're out, some of my friends turned out to be feeders, which I didn't realise until I had lost the weight. If I'd realised before it might've helped me.

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Do I really need this?

Ask yourself that before you eat anything... many times the answers will be yes - but often it will be no!!

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listening

If you can master the ability to listen to your body it will be your best guide through your life. It can tell you everything from how to align your body to what it's missing in your nutritional goals

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Every pound adds up!!

Don't think you are losing too slowly - it doesn't matter how slow you lose - its taken me 8 1/2 yrs to lose 60kg (132lb) but I have lost it - every pound has added up to a huge total loss!!

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Portion control made easy

Most people hate having to weigh and measure their food portions. To save time, get a plate that has three section in it. The largest section should be for your salad/veggies serving, one of the smaller ones is for your protein serving and the other one is for your carbs/starches.

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