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The most important secret to weight loss is that you have to be mentally prepared not to diet ,but to make a life style change. Rather than a bacon omelet and toast w/butter to start the day - eat "Egg beaters" with onions and broccolli - low cal and very filling.
I made a chart to write everything I eat on it. I have the time of day , item, calories and carbs. I try to stay at 1600 calories a day. I am more aware of what I eat and avoid cheating because I don't want to write it on my chart. I reward myself with lettuce salads when I get craving.
Sounds silly, I know, but I really do use smaller plates and utensils to eat. Slows me down..and makes it look like I'm getting bigger bites and more food! Hubby always uses a dinner plate, I use a luncheon sized plates. I use salad forks and small teaspoons for everything.
Walking 45 minutes a day, drinking between 2 to 2.5 litres of water day. Ensure that you get your carbs from fruit mostly but if you must eat other carbs do so strictly before lunch and never after lunch time.