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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Cut out soda

Just the simple task of cutting out soda has helped me a great deal. In its place, I drink water. At first it was tough, but after a week of not having it, I no longer miss it.

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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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Small Steps Every Day

Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this together. We can reach our health goals and live a fuller life if we just keep moving forward. I am not trying to change everything today. That kind of a c...

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Track, track, track

Even if you overeat it is important to still track your food. It makes it easier to get back on track and you'll find patterns that you can then fix (for example if you notice you overeat on Saturdays you can reevaluate what your usual activities on Saturday). This has helped me several times especi...

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Why Can't I stay motivated to lose weight?

Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.

You start out on fire.

You’re motivated to exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods. Making healthy choices feels effortless.

But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen compl...

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Write Down Why you want to lose weight

I lost 32 pounds about 5 years ago and have kept most of it off. After many years of trying to lose weight and after spending a lot of money on special diet programs, I realized that the reason why I wouldn't keep the weight off was a lack of a long term commitment. So I decided to write myself a le...

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Cravings, What are They

When I get a craving, I try to drink some water first. Although dehydration will kill us before starvation, in general we are more likely to satisfy a sweet tooth than quench a thirst.

Our bodies know this, so being the super efficient tool that it is, our temples turn up the volume on those ...

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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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The Greatest Secret!

It is no secret what God can do. What he has done for others, he'll do for you. With arms wide open, he'll welcome you. It is no secret what God can do.
May God Bless Everyone, Vic.

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Using ground ginger

By using ground ginger, you can cut the amount of sugar you use by half. I use 1/4 teapspoon of ginger and reduce the sugar by a cup. It still taste just as good as the ginger makes you taste sweetness without adding sugar.

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Avoid after Dinner Dessert Binging

I have the worst cravings after dinner in the evenings. I just want to relax after a long day and cuddle up with a huge bowl of ice cream or find comfort in a few delicious cookies. Needless to say, I have packed on some pounds with this bad habit. Once you have started this process, it's so hard to...

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