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

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take the stairs!

i have twenty mins between my classes, so instead of sitting waiting for class to start like i used to, i climb up the stairs in my building. 65 steps about three or four times. might as well burn a few extra calories!

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Walking to lose weight

I never will park close to a store when I shop. I park a good distance from the entrance. Every bit of walking will help. Try it?

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Spice things up

I took a whole week of food and added spices such as cayenne, chili and cajun..sweet potatoes,chicken, soups. Whatever your favorite food, It raises the body temp, just like exercising. lost 3 pouunds in 1 week.

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Track your food no matter what!

I always carry a small note pad and a pen in my purse. Since I do not have internet access 24/7 to track my food I use the notepad to at least write down what I ate. That way I can not forget anything or better yet lie to myself that "I haven't eaten anything all day".

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BMR

It is important to know your basal metabolic rate. It is the number of calories you need to function each day at a minimal level. There is a spark article that will tell you how to calculate it. I was surprised at mine and it made me realize I have a few more calories to use each day .

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Busy Mind

I am more or less a stay at home mom..work two hours a day; monday-friday. So I found myself eating because I got board. So what I do now is sewing projects. This helps me keep busy verses eating when I am board.

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Stop eating late and drink your water!

I have noticed that every time I eat late and dont drink my water, my weight either goes up or stays the same. When I follow these 2 rules (as long as I haven't totally went nuts on food) that I usually find the scales are friendlier to me.

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Give Yourself a Break!

Careful calorie measuring and tracking is key, but so is letting yourself eat for enjoyment once in a while. Take a day or two a month, or every two weeks, and don't track your food. Don't binge on purpose, but go ahead and eat something you might otherwise not.

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Bread, Pasta & Potatoes

The moment I decided to cut back on bread, potatoes & pasta, the weight loss increased significantly. I am not only Italian & love my pasta, but I'm also "carbo girl" & can eat bread plain w/o butter. I made the decision to limit bread & pasta to just twice a week .

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