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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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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.

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Protein and Water

Make sure to get 60g of lean protein and 64oz of water in every day. You will be amazed at what those changes can do for your weight loss. The water is necessary for proper body functions. Eat your protein first at meals, so that you fill up on that instead of sides. Protein fills you up faster,...

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Log your food

As I approach 100 pounds lost, I can say that being consistent with logging my food and keeping up with Sparkpeople has been the biggest factor in my weight loss. I am most proud of my Sparkstreak for logging in. 337 days and counting! I haven't missed a day since starting. Even when I have eaten to...

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Eat Breakfast Daily

It sets you up for a successful day of eating. What you eat for breakfast has a powerful impact on how hungry you are for the entire day. My biggest weapon in fighting against evening eating is eating breakfast. Well, I see there is a minimum word count on secrets of success. I guess uncomplicated, ...

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No forbidden foods

I decided that this time I am not putting any food on the forbidden list. I have found that if I give myself permission to have what I want and limit the portion I'm less likely to "fall off the wagon" and binge. I have incorporated some of these foods into my menu. I am finding that giving myself t...

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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.

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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.

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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!!!...

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The key is MODERATION not DEPERVATION

If you deprive yourself of the foods you love you will eventually brake and start binging. If you watch portion size and only eat certain foods in MODERATION than you will be satisfied and still lose the weight! If you want a cookie than have ONE. If you have enough calories left over than eat a sli...

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What to eat first

Eat salad, raw vegetables and fresh fruit at the beginning of your meal so you don't have much room left for the less healthy food. It works!

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