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Weight Loss Secrets

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

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Avoid saggy skin

Keep weight loss to a moderate 2-3 lbs per week to avoid developing the dreaded excess skin and "flesh flags" that result from too rapid and dramatic a drop in weight.

- Submitted by CHOOWY 3/30/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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green tea craving killer

I learned this trick from a tea book. When you are craving something sweet add a a couple of chocolate chips or a tiny piece of caramel in a cup of tea. This can help curb the cravings. Plus you get the health benefits of green tea, if you are not a green tea fan you can mix it with a fruit tea.

- Submitted by MARIP1971 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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Brush Your Teeth

As soon as you hit your calorie limit brush your teeth! Something about having a clean mouth tells your brain that is it for the day. It has saved me many times.

- Submitted by MAMA2BHOT 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Keeping myself busy

When I get bored I tend to eat so I started making what I call an "inspirational folder". I have covered the outside with phrases from magazines that keep me going and motivated. By doing this it keeps my mind off of snacking, and makes me feel good about bettering myself

- Submitted by ALLISON4971 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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The scale

Hey everyone, I'm a newbie.

I've decided to keep my scale in the kitchen. Then, when I'm REALLY tempted, I'll just step on the scale and hopefully be inspired to keep going. emoticon

- Submitted by ANNIEMARY5K 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments

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candy bar substitute

When I want something chocolaty I drink a chocolate slimfast (actually,I drink the Equate (Walmart brand). It is chocolatey,creamy,delicious,
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of vitamins and it fills me up! Mmmm

- Submitted by NANA2THREEGIRLS 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Holiday Banking

Easter is coming next weekend and for me it started last weekend. I did not do well. So this week I am going to prepare for that holiday by adding some extra exercise minutes. Today I added 30 extras calorie burning minutes!!

- Submitted by FAIRVIEWBONNIE 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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willpower is very real and it can be strengthened like a muscle.

Practice small acts of self-control by using nondominant hand.
Eat on schedule
Don't surround yourself with temptations
Distract yourself when you feel like snacking

- Submitted by DONNAEDA 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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Use kids plates and bowls!

I use my toddlers plates and bowls from IKEA to eat from. They are really small and in great, fun colors! It looks like I have a HUGE snack or meal in front of me when I plate it on my child's dinner ware.

- Submitted by EATOMANY 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments

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What I don't have, I can't eat

I just don't keep anything in the house that I shouldn't be eating. This is easier for me than for others as I live by myself and I don't have to worry about anyone else having any "contraband" items. Thank goodness!

- Submitted by MAYFLOWERCHICK 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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