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

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Take it slowly.

My target, when I was losing weight, was two pounds a month. I figured there would be minimum change in maintenance - just continuing the same thing. It has turned out as I expected. I'm three pounds over, so can't be too complacent, but taking it slowly and expecting to continue the same for life i...

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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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Food Prep Every Weekend!

The biggest secret success tip I have is to food prep almost all of your foods. I bring my breakfast, lunch and snacks with me to work every day now.


If I know someone wants to order out during lunch, I can still partake in the social outing but only get the smallest and healthiest veggi...

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Dont eat after 6pm, and sleep for 8 hours!

Hey all! My secret is NEVER eat after 6pm! No matter how hungry you are! Just drink water and if you are too hungry - just GO. TO. BED. haha! You cant eat and sleep at the same time! :) This is also really great for your metabolsim - look it up! Also, there are many people that swear by a fasti...

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Secrets to my 40 pound weight loss :)

1. Track every day! It was an educational and total game changer for me!! I learned so much about the food I was eating by simply using the spark people food tracker.
2. Set a weight loss goal with spark people and follow the recommended calorie range they set for you! It works :)
3. Exercise...

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Don't eat after dinner

A huge help for me is to not eat anything after dinner. This definitely helps me to lose the pregnancy weight gain. The first couple of weeks are the hardest and then after that I would say that most days it is not a struggle at all. I do go to bed slightly hungry but it isn't too bad. I like to thi...

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coffee and tea

tea 2 go has amazing unsweetened teas, unsweet mango black and unsweet peach teas are great examples. plus if you ever stop at starbucks or your local coffee company most coffee companies have sugar free syrups why not enjoy your favorite beverages such as latte's, frappuccino's, iced coffees, espre...

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Weight Loss to Help Kids

Avoid Starchy Carbs

If your child had a bagel for breakfast this morning, it wasn't much more nutritious than eating a bowl of sugar, says Parents advisor David Ludwig, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at ...

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Diet Tricks That Really Work

Diet Tricks That Really Work

According to Live Science, these diet tricks will actually help you keep off the pounds:

diet tricksAvoid corn syrup

Science shows that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad news. One study showed that rats who drank HFCS-sweetened beverages gained ...

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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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