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Weight Loss Secrets

The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.

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Eat Breakfast Daily

It sets you up for a successful day of eating. What you eat for breakfast has a powerful impact on how hungry you are for the entire day. My biggest weapon in fighting against evening eating is eating breakfast. Well, I see there is a minimum word count on secrets of success. I guess uncomplicated, ...

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No forbidden foods

I decided that this time I am not putting any food on the forbidden list. I have found that if I give myself permission to have what I want and limit the portion I'm less likely to "fall off the wagon" and binge. I have incorporated some of these foods into my menu. I am finding that giving myself t...

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Plan out your obstacles and how to get past them.

You have a goal in mind and a plan set up for how to get there. But just like planning your success, it's also important to plan your obstacles! We all face them, whether it be losing motivation, being tempted by family gatherings or just being too tired to hit the gym. Having a plan set up to get p...

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Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!)

I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calorie...

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Walking for Health

Sitting in my chair after not walking for almost two years, I felt like a big, squishy slug. I have gained back 40 of the 52 pounds I lost. My pants are too tight. I feel awful. So, I called my walking buddy and bullied her back into hitting the track. First day we walked a mile, and barely mad...

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Weight Loss: Reasons it May Be Stalled or Not Happening

There are many reasons that weight loss stalls. Some of the most common ones that have been documented in articles include:

Weight loss is a slow process, which includes time the body needs to adjust to your new, healthy routine. If you go from couch potato to exercise guru, your body has t...

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Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day to Feel Full and Eat Less

To help with my weight loss efforts I have been working to drink more water each day, and also to cut soda from my diet and replace it with water as my drink of choice.

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day helps me stay hydrated and avoid overeating. I have read articles about how people c...

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Yes, you do need a buddy.

Yes, you do need a buddy. Someone to help you with your quest to lose weight, get fit, and make this a lifestyle change, not a fad.

I have tried for three years now, and failed. I have lied to myself about what I am eating, cause I want to look good on paper, and I am the only one that kn...

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Eat all the time!

I have been a spark member for 10 years and I am finally back at this. Over the last 10 years I have tried walking, gym memberships, cycling, and even a few "diets" none of them working because I would always justify eating out and large portions since I was exercising. This time in just 12 days I h...

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My Attack Plan

I have no "secret' plan, and to date, not too much success since I have been on the SparkPeople plan for only one month. What I do have is this:
--Commitment. I know that losing a significant amount of weight will take a long time, perhaps as long as a year. Or more. I am willing and stubborn ...

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