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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 | 45 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 | 48 Comments

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Stopping the urge to snack

When I feel the urge to have a snack I do not need or a craving, I go brush my teeth and make them feel nice and fresh, That way you do not want to ruin the clean taste in your mouth, and if you did go ahead and snack it would not taste the same as the toothpaste taste would interfere and food would

- Submitted by LITTLE_QUEEN 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 58 Comments

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How to beat eating in the evening

I do well all day long with keeping my meals on track, but evenings are a challenge. I've learned if I make some hot tea (herbal or different flavors) and sip it while keeping my hands busy with some type of craft (I love to knit), it really helps me not snack all evening and "blow " my efforts for the day.

- Submitted by MOPPY1954 8/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Living by the 80/20

Eat healthy 80% of the time so you can cheat a little 20%

- Submitted by AIDEN_AVAH2011 5/7/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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DRINKING WATER

I have discovered that if I drink a tall glass of water before my meal, that it causes my stomach to be full quicker, therefore less calories are eaten, and as soon as I feel full I stop eating. I just push the plate away. emoticon

- Submitted by LOVESWEETS2 6/5/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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This Works!

I have been keeping fit primarily with weights for 27 yrs now, and have provided personal training to many people over the past 20 yrs. I can tell you with confidence that in my experience, counting water and calories works!

- Submitted by GRUELMASTER 5/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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EAT LIKE A DIABETIC TO LOSE WEIGHT

From my obesity, I am now pre-diabetic and have learned to eat well. Omiting sugar, salt and eating veggies, high fiber foods and protein with a carb helps me chip away the pounds. Slow but sure, and I never give up or give into temptation... See some of my Secrets in the Living with diabetes section...

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/20/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Cheat day!

I usually find that if I try to cut out every food I love when im dieting, I usually give in and give up on dieting. So I now give myself a cheat day on Sunday to have some of the treats that I would love to be eating all week. So on tuesday when I am craving that piece of Pizza or want that cookie, I just tell myself to wait till Cheat Day Sunday and then I can have it. Usually by Sunday I dont even want it anymore! It works for me!!! emoticon

- Submitted by SPEERJES 12/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 9 Comments

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Stay Busy

Stay busy when you are alone. I've found that when I'm at home, alone, I eat out of boredom. Staying busy keeps me out of the frig, and on goal.

- Submitted by MANDERSON19 11/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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