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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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Celebrate Your Successes!

Every week, celebrate your efforts and losses without using food. Whether you want to get a pedicure, buy the outfit you've been admiring, or just take an hour to relax by yourself in a bubble bath. Give yourself a treat because you deserve it.

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"Not so Sweet"

It is very important to limit sugar in one's diet if weight loss is desired -- especially hidden added sugars in processed foods: cereal, yogurt, even certain bread. Stick to natural sugars that come in fresh fruit.

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Drink A HALF a Cup WITHOUT Measuring!!!

I like my orange juice,but hate to MEASURE it out! {Too high in calories for a full glass,though it has CRUCIAL FOLATE that can stop some cancers as reported in the book-p.335-336- YOU -THE OWNER'S MANUAL,BY Michael F.Roizen,M.D. and Mehmet C.Oz,M.D.} So, I looked at the glasses I had when...

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Mixed Drink - Teas

If I am at a restaurant and craving soda, instead of giving in, I mix 1/2-3/4 unsweetened and 1/2-1/4 sweetened tea. I got my caffeine and satisfied that sweet craving for sugar.

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A Good Pedometer

I found a great pedometer that I can just stick inside a pocket and is still very accurate. It really motivates me to walk more (even if it's unnecessary) just so I can get my steps in. I do burn more calories that way.

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Store brand "Fiber One" bars

Both the Market Pantry (Target) and Great Value (Walmart) "Fiber One" style granola bars have less sodium, calories, etc or a combination than the actual Fiber One bars. ANd they're cheaper!

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Before the Meal

I will sometimes have a Slim-Fast shake before dinner and then have only a small portion of the dinner. I do this only if the meal is on the "not so healthy" side. Having the Slim-Fast gets me my nutrition and helps fill me up.

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Workout Buddy

If you work out with a friend (someone who is reliable to go to the gym everyday and make you go) then it is so much easier to lose weight. My boyfriend and I work out every day together and not only does it bring us closer it makes us accountable to someone

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Serving Dinner

When dinner is ready it stays in pans prepared in and on the stove or counter. I am less likely to get up and get 2nds on any food.

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Don't Finish Everything on the Plate

Remember that you don't have to eat everything on the plate. This seems to be more problematic when eating out because you don't want to waste. If you can't wrap it up for later go ahead and toss it. Food becomes waste one way or another. Better that it is wasted without being processed into fat

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