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

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Controlled Snacking

I measure my snacks such as almonds or dried fruit into small serving dishes instead of a napkin or paper towel so that they are more appealing. I have a bunch of small, beautiful dishes acquired from Asian markets and this gives me a chance to enjoy them AND the snacks.

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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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