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

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Water does wonders

Drink water, lots of it. Before you start to eat your meal drink some water. Then while you are eating drink more water. It is hard to get off of flavored drinks but once you get use to having water with your meal you will notice how much less calories you are taking it by just drinking water!

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DRINK WATER!

Drinking eight glasses of water really helps. Sometimes your body can get thirst and hunger mixed up. When you feel hungry between meals, try drinking water first, wait ten minutes and if you are still hungry, have a healthy snack.

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picture this

take the pictrue of your kids out of your wallet and put the very worst picture of you inside. So when you go to pay for that Ice cream cone you can see why not to buy it and get a frozen ice inside.

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Jam on my bread

I find that when I have jam on my bread, I feel I have eaten a good breakfast and the sugar is my secret to eating healthy the rest of the day

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Drink if you're hungry

If you are hungry, drink a glass of cold water. If you are still hungry in 30 minutes, then have a healthy meal or snack.

A nutritionist told me this secret and it really works!

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Keep Measuring Cups and Spoons Handy

Leave a set of measuring cups and spoons in your dish drainer. They'll be a constant reminder of the importance of portion control and accurate tracking.

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Don't give yourself permission to fail!

So many people, myself included, have problems with this late night snacking. When I started this journey I had a horrible time with having a great day then snacking over my cal/fat stats right before bed. One day when I was really upset I realized what I was doing wrong. I was telling myself,

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Keep water bottles everywhere

Keep either prefilled or refillable water bottles in the car, at your desk, near your bed. If they are handy you are less likely to buy that soda, and more likely to get your required H2O intake.

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bean soup!

If you don't add butter, creams, or ham hocks in, you can make a 15 bean soup mix last a long time. And it's so filling? YOu can season it sweet, salty, spicy, garlicky, any way you want.
I am loving this right now.

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almonds or altoids

i use altoids and raw almonds to avoid bad snack attacks. If I have a craving sucking on an altoid and like brushing teeth it stops tastes from being pleasant. Almonds a small hand full keeps my appetite at bay

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