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

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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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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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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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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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Lose the weight, Feel great!

The secret to my success is simple ... NOT!

After YEARS of battling Metabolic Syndrome I was Sleeved (VSG) May 2014 and Gastric Bypass (RNY) December 2015.

Highest weight - a whopping 456 pounds!
That is a LOT on a 5'3" lady!!
I avoided full length mirrors.
I a...

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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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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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Just Do It

I know it sounds trite, but there really is some wisdom in this old Nike slogan. We often think that if we "blow it" during one meal, we are doomed, and this creates a willingness in ourselves to quit. I have found that no matter WHAT I do, shaking it off and telling myself that it is one small mist...

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Optimize Your Weight Loss Now by Thinking Beyond Your Diet

Optimize Your Weight Loss Now by Thinking Beyond Your Diet


Most of us always have ‘weight’ on our minds. Whether it’s because we want to lose it or maintain it, often times it consumes our thoughts. For some of us, the weight loss journey is more significant than others. It can take longe...

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Aging, Weight Gain, and Weight Loss

Overweight, obesity, and physical inactivity are smoking’s close cousins in preventable causes of mortality, leading to over 300,000 deaths annually. The societal costs of these conditions* may be as high as $400 billion per year. Therefore, it seemed appropriate to address two questions that came...

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