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

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A protein bar for the road.

I used to come home after work & pig out. Now I eat a Luna protein bar in my car on the way home. 180 calories & it tides me over until dinner. Any snack with some protein & fiber would work the same I am sure. This has been a huge help to me.

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Fiber and protein

These are the two things that I realized were definitely lacking from my diet before I started working on losing weight. Making sure you get the right amount of both fiber and protein will help you feel full and give you the energy to work out and recover from workouts. This helped me lose 20 pounds...

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Minimizing Mindless Snacking

Whenever I feel myself heading to the cupboard, I instead have a drink of water first. Often times this does the trick, as I find I was thirsty rather than hungry anyway!
If I am still truly hungry, I then have something to eat, but because I've delayed it, I tend to reach for a healthier option

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water

We all know to drink lots of water all day, especially before a meal. But I have found that drinking water After the meal helps me stop eating in time and stay stopped!

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allmost there

before i got on this site i was already losing i lost 50 bls and i no i can do more just need friends to give me motivational

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Reading: understanding your issues

Understanding the reason for my overeating is very important to me. Reading books on this subject also helps me feel that I'm not alone in what I am going through. I've read articles and things on overeating, read books on emotional eating, etc. Books at the library are free. Read On!

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Mantra

The other day I had to get ready for a special event. I looked through my closet and saw ALL the clothes I "grew out of".

I now have a mantra, "I need to wear those clothes."

I repeat that over & over & over & over & over & over when I'm tempted with something good.

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Savor the sweet, eat less doing so

When I get a sweets craving I usually do this: I turn off everything that distracts, sit down comfy, and start to enjoy what I craved. Then as soon as I notice i'm not savoring each bite, just eating I stop. My craving is then satisfied and I don't need the whole thing.

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Ways To Get In Your 8 Cups Of Water Daily

I make it a daily routine to drink one cup of water before and one cup after each meal(including snacks). Most days I have 3 main meals and 2 snacks therefore I have no problem getting in 8 cups of water per day. I average 10 to 12 cups per day.

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