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This idea may have already been suggested but when I'm done eating dinner, I pop in 2 pieces of "desert flavored gum," usually the strawberry shortcake or mint chocolate chip ice cream. Obviously gum isn't exactly a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream but it definitely satisfies the cravings. I also allow myself a "100-calorie" ice cream bar sometimes which totally does the trick.
I know calorie counting is kind of a pain but this wonderful website does it for you. First of all, make sure you're always adding your Tbsp of oil or butter, & even your 5 calorie stick of gum. All of this stuff adds up! In my other secrets, I mentioned that a Heart Rate Monitor is very beneficial. After tracking my food for the day, I take my total calorie consumption and subtract the amount of calories I burned from working out. This has really helped me drop a couple pounds a week!
I'm aware that not everyone has the privilege to workout in the comfort of their own home but havin exercise equipment such as an elliptical or treadmill, & strength training DVD's, like P90X or Jillian Michaels' is so convenient. Havin the option to simply go workout in your basement with your favorite series/show/movie on makes it that much easier to workout. Plus, not havin to go outside & drive in the cold makes it more motivating to get your fitness on bc you don't have a reason not to.
Before I had a heart rate monitor I was totally overestimating my calorie burn and underestimating my calorie intake. My heart rate monitor detects how many cals I burn, what my heart rate is at so I can make sure to stay in my fat burning zone, and I know how many more or less calories I should/shouldn't eat! I highly recommend one!
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