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Track Your Food Intake Religiously If You Want To Break A Plateau

Eat in the range for calories suggested for you by SparkPeople. And if that doesn't help, step up your exercise.

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Walk It Off ! ! !

Walk It Off!
Cooler fall weather is ideal for starting a walking program besides the weight-loss benefits, you'll reduce stress, Lower your Blood Sugar and lower your risk of heart disease. Get out and Enjoy the Autumn Weather for Your Health ! ! !


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How to be successful in this weight loss game.

Take is one week at a time. Try to lose one every seven days and at the end of the year you will have a weight loss of 52 pounds.

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more exercise.

By remembering the amount you have lost and taking that extra walk, or jumping to music etc and get you there. Also lots of water. water. water.

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count everything!

Make sure to count every little thing you put into your mouth. It makes a huge difference at the end of the day. gum, mints, gum drop, bite of daughter's cake... once I did that it helped keep my weight at bay.

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Lemon Juice

Add the juice of half a lemon to warm water and drink within 5 minutes of waking. Lemon juice is a metabolism booster and a fat burner.

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Portion control your "weakness" food

Instead of buying a carton of ice cream, I buy single serve ice cream bars or sandwiches. My current fav is Breyer's Smooth and Creamy Brownie Sandwiches (with chocolate ice cream). Only 160 calories and 4 grams of fat. Very satisfying and very good!

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keep perspective!

I have to remember that there are other reasons I am doing this besides the number on the scale! Look at other things - the way clothes fit, the way you feel, the compliments you get - the scale will catch up sooner or later!

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Don't just read labels...use your head!

I whipped up a package of Knorr Pesto Sauce last night. The label shows 15 calories per serving, with 3 servings per package. Wow, not bad, right? However, you add a quarter cup of olive oil to make the sauce. Nowhere on the package does it indicate 'as prepared' with nutrition info. So I reali...

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Getting Through Plateaus with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is excellent in boosting metabolism. It is a wonderful fat burner and assists in reducing excess weight. Take 1 1/2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of pure water, twice a day. Do this for approx. 3 weeks and then go off it for a week. Repeat when desired.

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