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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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snacking

before going for that extra bit of whatever snack youre eating... savor the last one/bite/bit and drink a glass of water after, if youre satisfied, you don't need any more!

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tea

Drinking a good quality tea with a bit of sugar instead of drinking soda is very helpful. In summer caffeinated or decaf iced tea is especially nice ^_^

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Meal Planning beyond dinner!

Plan meals for a week at a time--and more than just dinner! Plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks if you want to. This makes you less likely to cheat or eat junk. You can also "build in" times for eating things like birthday cake--eat light that day so you can enjoy the treat guilt-free!

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Keep that Metabolism Running

Eat a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 1/2 cup of cottage cheese before bed!

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When to stop eating!

Pick a time after dinner and don't eat after this time. Drink water!

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Avoid having more then one Alcoholic beverage

Knocking back the equivalent of about two martinis can reduce your body's fat-burning ability by up to 73%

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Eat enough food

I couldn't figure out why I was not losing weight after working out 5 days of cardio and 2 days (an hour each) with a trainer after hitting a plateau. Then I realized, I had increased my workout without increasing my calorie intake. I lost the last 5 lbs easy after adding more food to my diet.

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Chew sugar free gum

When I get the urge to eat something between meals, I chew a piece of gum. It stops me from eating calories that I do not need.

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weight loss

I lose weight when I keep moving!

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Say NO to arbitrary portion sizes

Just because the portion size is 30g, doesn't mean you need to eat it. Can you have 25g or 20g and still be happy?

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