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If you have a BMI of 35 or higher, consider Weight Loss Surgery

The fact is that for people with a lot of weight to lose (BMI over 35). only 5 percent of those who try traditional diet and exercise planssucceed in losing the weight AND KEEPING IT OFF!! On the other hand, with weight loss surgery, 95% succeed in both losing and keeping the weight off. Cost asid...

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Feed a cold, feed a fever

Dont worry if it takes you away from your diet plan. If you're sick, you're sick and your body needs nutrition. So eat and get better. You can get back on track when your health is back on track.

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Chewing gum

Strange as it may seem, for many of us who think they have a food addiction, sometimes, its actually just a need to chew. Doesn't matter what you're chewing, as long as you're chewing. So when you feel hungry, try chewing some gum. It gets the digestive juices flowing and you just may not feel

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Use smaller utensils

In addition to the secret below by PEACHES about using smaller plates, use smaller utensils too. A childs fork and spoon will make that smaller portion (which looks larger on the small plate) last longer.

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Drink, drink and keep on drinkin' those fluids (water)

I've now become dehydrated and gone to the ER twice in the past 2 weeks. Not from lack of drinking, but from lack of drinking enough. If you do a lot of exercise, those 8 glasses will not suffice. If yo udrink alcohol, it dehydrated you, so drink even more. Drink, drink, drink!!

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Don't get frustrated

Most frustrations we feel while trying to lose weight, we bring upon ourselves: a bad day eating, a missed day of exercise - we think of it as having "blown it" and get frustrated. Which tends to lead to giving up and failure. I can't say it enough -we're human, we're expected to have bad days.

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Keep on walking, just keep walking, just keep walking ...

At the end of the day, you ultimately will have burned more calories doing the day-to-day activities than a specific workout period. Getting from one place to another is something we almost all have to do as part of those day-to-day activities. So find a way to walk from place to place...

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Keep your goals realistic

I see so many people here joining SP for the first time, or trying (yet again) to lose some excess weight. And unfortunately I see comments like "My goal is to run a marathon". While it's a great goal, as a *first* goal it's unrealistic and you're setting yourself up for the feeling of failing.

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Phone Apps for health (and I don't mean the SP app)

Any app really - whether it's counting calories, keeping track of medical records, even just recording at-the-moment notes and journal-type thoughts. It's great to have something at your fingertips to record what you need to, when you need to. Most of the free apps for the Android system seem to

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Turn negatives to positives...

They say every black cloud has a silver lining. Find it. No matter how back you may feel, or how much you think you may be failing, think of the positives you have acheived so far. Moreover, even if you find the reason why you thing you've been failing (and, btw, no one fails until they've given

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