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

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Track Exercise and Housework Activities Every Day to Help Keep Your Exercise Program Challenging


I find that tracking my exercise program is just as important as tracking my food intake. As with recording my food intake, I have the greatest success when I make it a point to track all of my exercise activities every day. Tracking lets me know what types of activities I am doing and how lon...

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Fully Engage the Site

I found that when you fully engage the site by building your profile, posting pictures (LOTS...I mean you get 1000 and truly a picture is power) and blogs that you are more likely to have long term success. It also helps to get involved in the community so that you can build your supportive foundati...

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Focus and Motivation

The main secret I have found useful when losing weight is remaining focused and motivated. Without focus and motivation we are truly lacking. It is also very encouraged to stay motivated along the way. Our spark friends are great for encouragement. Some of our biggest supporters. I thank everyone fo...

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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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Trying Low Carb (again)

I don't know if it's a secret - but I've been doing the low carb style for the last 9 weeks or so and I've lost 42 pounds. There isn't a lot of variety in my diet as I don't enjoy 50% of the veggies I'm "allowed" to eat - but I'm making it work with different spices and I'm ok with eating the same ...

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watch those little tastes as you cook. They add up

Sometimes when we cook , we constantly taste and I know you have to sometimes but not every couple of min. Every time you take those little tastes, you are adding more calories. It might not seem like much but as you add them together, it could come out to more than you thought.

Choices are...

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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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Ask For A To Go Box Right Away

Were you always told to eat what's on your plate? We were always told that we had to finish everything that was put in front of us. When you go to restaurants, you try to finish everything in front of you and you're always trying to push that one last bite.
Since our minds are trained to sa...

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Diets don't work!

Diets don't work in the long term. Diets are for the "here and now" but in order to lose weight and keep it off FOREVER we have to change the way we THINK. It's all in our mind!

The root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools...

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The Importance of Water

One thing that I have noticed that helps me out is to drink about 8 ounces (half of a bottle) of water before I begin a meal. The water seems to help me feel less hungry, and therefore I don't seem to overeat as much.

Another thing I do is to flavor water with things like lemon or lime juice...

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