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I do not like drinking water, but I learned how to increase the amount I drink. I just take a full swallows here and there during the day. After this, I find that I have more of a taste for how plain it is. I actually then I find I want to drink juice less. Also drinking hot water (without a tea bag even) also makes water more appealing.
If you like to snack on favorite 'junk' food, set it out in front of you where you can see it. Put a label on that reads, "Award? or an "I'm bored" ? Do yourself a favor and consider it carefully. After having a good day, why not award yourself. If you're not doing so great, remind yourself not to eat something mindlessly. Eat with a purpose.
I pay more attention to nutrition information and stay away from things that are high calorie. I have decreased (not stopped) the amount of soda I drink. Instead of 8 Dr. Peppers I have cut this to 4 and am drinking more water.
When bananas get overripe, I slice them and freeze them on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Once frozen I store them in a freezer bag. If I feel like a little something sweet, I can pop out a slice of banana and it tastes like ice cream to me. Not many calories at all in a slice of banana!
1st tip get 8 rubber bands, put them around your wrist, then when you drink an 8 oz glass of water take it off, so easy to keep track. I do the same for fruits and veggies, just use blue for water, green for veggies and purple for fruits or whatever color. 2nd tip is buy a clear see thru jar and for each pound you lose add a marble to the jar. This is good visualization. 3rd tip is drink a glass of water first thing in morning. Its suppose to jump start your metabolism. Hope these work for you.