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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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Use Diabetic Diet

I lost my weight initially by using the diabetic exchange diet. It offered a lot of variety and I was able to work most recipes into this diet. It became a way of life and not a diet. Unfortunately, I kind of fell off the wagon, but I am back on my meal plan and I think things will start moving

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Water

Water is key in getting healthy

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Fiber and Water

I'm sure this has been mentioned before but fiber and water are great (and often overlooked) weight loss tools! Make sure to get at least 8 cups of water and between 25-35 g of fiber every day.

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A small handful will do

When I come home from work and have to fix supper, I have found that a small handful of cashews is just enough to calm the hungers until I can get the meal done.

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No Food is Bad

I found that restricting any food only makes it something that becomes bigger than life....by including some favorite things in my diet (in moderation) and really enjoying them without guilt I don't end up sabotaging myself.

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Take Your Family's Favorite Recipes....

and adapt them, using the recipe calculator. Substitute lower calorie and healthier ingredients when possible. Compute the nutrients for a portion size that suits your program. See "Simple Salmon Loaf" for an example my family loves. I left out the butter. No one misses it.

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Focus on Loving Yourself and Your Life, then on Weight Loss

Focus on loving yourself and living well and not so much on losing weight. That's not to say that losing weight might not be one of the important things in living well, but there are many other important things to focus on.

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Weekly Team Scale Check!

Every Tuesday on my team we weigh in. We do not say what we weigh, only how much we lost. This is a great motivator for all of us on the team. If someone gains that week they get plenty of support and if someone loses weight they get plenty of congratulations! It truly works!!

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Track and Log in toloose weight

Track calories to loose weight and stay on track. The more you track the more you are more motivated to loose weight. You will be happy in the end.

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Eating when you are hungry

This is my secret to weight loss.

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