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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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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 47 Comments

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

- Submitted by 7DWORPS 5/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 22 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 139 Comments

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 90 Comments

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

- Submitted by THENORA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 49 Comments

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Brush Your Teeth Instead of Eating

When I have a craving that comes at a time when I shouldn't eat, I brush my teeth. I think it's just a fact that no one wants to turn around and eat after brushing teeth, and it's great for your teeth. You can still brush your teeth if you're at work or out somewhere. And it doesn't have to be very involved, just a quick brush does the trick. emoticon

- Submitted by LDOTSON7 3/7/2015 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Wish I had one

NO secret just following my plan

- Submitted by ALIZAHH 8/24/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Cancel your Cable!

I cancelled my cable and got Netflix and Amazon Prime. I also pledged that I will only watch TV while I exercise. So I pick a show to follow and for the 30 minutes on the treadmill, I watch that show. If it gets really interesting it also helps motivate me to get up in the morning. Best part is you don't get any tempting food commercials!! emoticon

- Submitted by RAINBOWSNROSES 6/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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The 1 Day Plan

When you get up in the morning look at your plan as just one day. Just one day to stick to whatever you are doing to lose the weight. By telling your self you only have to make it until you go to bed that day you avoid the immenseness of the process. The next morning you start over on your one day plan. One day at a time !

- Submitted by JIMMYP54 1/18/2012 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments

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My one-sentence diet

Eat half as much as you "want"; exercise twice as much as you "feel" you should. emoticon

- Submitted by JANLUC145 1/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 10 Comments
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