Enter everything you eat honestly and fully. Don't be afraid to see how many calories you ate or how many grams of fat there were when you make a not-great food choice. Many times, I'm pleasantly surprised to see that what I ate wasn't really that bad and that I'm still on track. Often one poor food choice isn't as devastating as you might think - and knowing you have been honest with yourself makes staying positive and on program much easier!
Tracking everything also makes it possible for you to make good choices in challenging situations, like restaurants or having dinner at someone else's house, because you have a better idea where the worst of the calories are hiding and what you can enjoy in moderation - guilt-free!
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When cooking or eating the smallest changes can make a big difference such as using non fat sour cream and lower fat cheeses. That is also true when eating condiments. I always go for the liter versions. I also try to stay away from white flour and sugar. I try to eat whole wheat products.
Don't be afraid to try lower fat options.
OK - I like the points I am not going to lie, however I love the fact of entering in the data in the morning. So one of the first things I do is drink all, yes, I mean all of my 64 ounces of water first thing in the morning so I can enter it. Now, everything else is simply bonus.
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