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Plan your calories ahead of time

I find if you get up in the morning and plan your calories and what you'll eat you won't stray. When I don't I lose track trying to put them in "after" I ate.

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Drink before you eat - and you'll eat less!

When you start to feel hungry try drinking a glass of water before. Many times when I do this I no longer want to eat something after the glass of water. I find that our heads tell us to eat way more often than our bodies do.

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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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Nightime Eating

If you are like me and get hungry at night here is what I do. I plan out my food in my nutrition tracker and always leave just enough for a night time snack which is a bowl of cheerios. That satisfies a craving if you re really hungry and has no guilt attached because it fits in your tracker.

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Food craving solution

Nighttime is the worst for me...I always get hungry. What I have found is if you suck on a piece of hard candy that is chocolate flavored (any flavor would work) the hunger passes and I don't overeat by the time the candy is gone.

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Beware of no fat versions of food

Many fat-free foods are higher in carbs than ones with small amounts of fat. Tracking in nutrition tracker will help you realize you may not be eating enough fat and too many carbs!

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