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Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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...
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!!!