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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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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 | 137 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 | 48 Comments

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Feeling Hungry??

When I get the urge to grab something to snack on, I remember a saying I learned through Positive Changes: "Appetite (craving) is of the mind; hunger is of the body." In other words, if my stomach isn't growling or empty, then my urges stem for a mental or emotional desire. That has been very helpful for me.

- Submitted by WKYWMN 7/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments

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Monitor Sodium in your Nutrition Tracker

If you aren't losing weight and your calories and exercise are on target, sodium might be the culprit. Track your daily sodium to make better choices, and you'll start losing again.

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

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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 | 46 Comments

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HCG Diet

This diet is amazing. I am losing weight rapidly. Search Dr. Simeon's HCG Diet Protocol" in Google to find and read the original manuscript for yourself. It really does work. Too many details to fit in here though.

- Submitted by NYMPHDA 1/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 13 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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Cravings - Three bite rule

I joined Weight Watchers over two years ago. I lost 90% of my weight through them and still practice many of their ideas. One I truly love is the Three Bite Rule. When we crave something the first bite is really memorable. The second bite is almost as memorable as the first. The last bite savory and sums up the memory. Therefore all we need are three bites. Not diet is ever broken over three bites.

- Submitted by SPOOKYMH 10/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 10 Comments

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zig zag your calories

To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

- Submitted by DBANNIST 4/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 42 Comments
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