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When I get a craving for something sweet, I use my 17 month old daughters utensils..lol. For example, if I want some ice cream or pudding I use my daughters small cups and tiny little spoons as they hold much smaller portions so it tricks me to thinking I ate so much more and it lasts longer.
This is true, i use this tip and it helps trmendously. My siblings always ask me how i stay away from sweets, and i just dont eat them! If you dont tease yourself with the slightest taste or thought, you won want more! Simple? It really is. And if someone is trying to get you to taste something you know in unhealthy and might be good and they say "well what if you like it?" THAT might just be the problem huh? So dont give in, it isnt worth it, really. But if it is to you, and its NATURAL, do it!
Best thing I ever did was take 'the idea' to use measuring cups to control my portions. 1 Cup for protein 1 cup for starch/carbs and 2 cups for veg (Steamed, grilled, etc.) if it's a salad mixed - 2 cups (Then 1 cup after only if still hungry). This can be very easy and has helped me to curtail my portions down to a THIRD of what I USED to eat!
Of all of the tips I learned while losing weight, drinking my water at room temp was the most life-changing for me! I had been sipping my cold water all day until I discovered (learned from a seasoned dieter) that if I drink my water at room temp I could gulp it down in seconds. 2 litres of water has been a minimum of water intake for me since then...for the last 2 years...and it is EASY.
I make these for my husband and I for a healthier low-cal dessert: Cut a deep chocolate Vitatop in half and crumble each half into the bottom of 2 small ramekins. (You can also use 100-calorie Hostess cupcakes or WW cakes-not as healthy, but they're cheaper and easier to find). Microwave for 15 seconds. Then top each with 1/2 of a chocolate Jello pudding snack, a squirt of Fat Free Redi Wip, and 2 sliced strawberries. Each dessert has only about 100 calories but is pretty satisfying!