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

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Make a sweet snack a healthy one

When I feel the need for a sweet snack, I automatically reach for a Zone, Balance, or Luna bar! They come in tons of different varieties and flavors and are healthy all the way around. Packed with protein and fiber, and always around 200 calories, they satisfy my sweet tooth without ruining my diet!

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Celebrate your success!

When you have lost weight celebrate by donating your too big clothes to a worthy cause. Join the Weight Loss Clothing Drive team to learn more!

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popcorn

you can eat a ton of plain popcorn without much damage to the nutrition tracker- when I need to "chew and crunch" I pop and eat it plain.

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Measure your food

Be sure to w eigh out your food to be sure you are getting the right portions. I found that when I was just guessing I was actualy shorting myself. This wasy you can be sure you are getting satisfied with the right amount of food.

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Celery

I snack on celery all day. It keeps me full until my next meal

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Being deprived of sweets doesn't work for me.

I know that if I deprive myself of sweets I will not be able to stick to my program so I found a cookbook called Cook Yourself Thin and they have wonderful recipes for everything in there as well as sweets. Chocolate cake being one of the recipes in there for ppl like me. You should pick up a copy.

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adding fiber

To add fiber I add Fiber One cereal to my regular cereal or my yogurt

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Get in the Habit of Saying 'No'

Free samples, people sharing food, and even kids can all sabotage your weight loss. Get in the habit of saying 'no thanks' to any offer of food before you even look to see what they are handing you. It is a lot easier to resist that yummy brownie if you've already said you don't want it.

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Make Your Nightime Snack Count!

I've learned that I feel deprived if I don't have a night time snack. I've tried to do without and end up eating more in the long run. Now I'll have of greek yogurt mixed with 2tbsp of my chocolate protein powder for a 'pudding'. All the protein fills me up and I get a chocolate fix!

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Reward Yourself with Non Food Treats

Especially if you are used to rewarding yourself with cake or chips or ice cream, but even if not, reward yourself for your good efforts. Only don't choose food. The first day you stick to your calorie range, enjoy a bubble bath. After a successful week, get a manicure; a month, a new blouse, etc.

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