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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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Sleep - It does a body good!

Sometimes we forget the importance of sleep regarding our healthy lifestyle. When we don't get enough sleep, our minds and bodies will try to obtain energy through other means - caffeine, carbs, etc. Consistently getting that avg 8 hrs sleep per night goes a long way toward reaching our goals!

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Sugar-free GUM!

Chewing sugar-free gum through my workouts and inbetween meals help SO much! I even CHOMP (alone) when stressed. :) I enjoy ALL flavors and it even helps if I'm walking outside and don't have water close by to keep my mouth from becoming dry. CHEW CHEW CHEW!

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Tracking Food helps binge control

I'm always in danger of binge eating, out of control then depressed. I've noticed that I can contol and stop a binge by food tracking during the binge. I have done this the last 3 times I started bingeing and it worked. I stayed on track by tracking! Try it.

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Bigger dinner

I've found that since I was always craving food at night that I decided to change my foods around so that I eat a bigger dinner and little later then usual and save a light snack for about an hour before bedtime. This way I have no more cravings late at night.

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Smile to lose ;o)

Whenever you get a craving or if you are a grazer...brush, floss, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash to distract you from the temptation. It also gives food an unpleasant taste if you try to eat after rinsing with mouthwash. Extra bonus is that your pearly whites will give you a beautiful smile ;...

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Watch your Fat/Protein/Car
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I've found that when I watch the pie chart on my daily report, I am better able to keep my carb intake at 50% of my calories. My body works better at burning with a lower carb intake. So I try to make sure that no more than 50% of my calories come form carbs, and 25% from fats and proteins.

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Switch Plates

Switching Your plate from the large dinner plate to a smaller plate helps me,so it doesn't look like I am eating smaller portions!

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Go to a restaurant only once a week

I have lots more success controlling my weight when I eat my own food and avoid restaurants. My current goal is to only eat at a restaurant once a week, and no more. Most of the time it is just a lunch item, too, which helps, because they tend to be smaller portions.

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Bigger lunch

I eat a larger lunch and a smaller dinner. This seems to help in the weight loss success. I find it better not to eat so many calories at night.

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Snacking can help!

I make sure not to get too hungry by enjoying healthy snacks. It helps to carry snacks at all times so that you always have a healthy alternative.

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