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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 26 Comments

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Lunch: Pack it at Night

I pack my lunch each night, usually when I'm cleaning up from dinner. That way, when I'm rushed in the morning, I can't forget to make a healthy lunch.

- Submitted by STEPFANIER 3/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 49 Comments

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Think of your Calories as a Budget

The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.

- Submitted by KEVINSBEBE 4/6/2010 in Healthy Eating | 15 Comments

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Waste

I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbage can.

- Submitted by POOKASLUAGH 6/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 15 Comments

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More fruit in the day

I pack my fruit & cheese snack the night before, ready to grab & go the next morning.

I pack an apple & banana or grapes and apple, whatever. But the point is I grab 2 fruit items and they are what I have as my morning snack & afternoon snack. I don't miss daily fruit servings that way! :)

- Submitted by MONI0709 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 26 Comments

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Your Body Wants Nutrients, Not Calories

Dr. Oz said this on one of his shows. He explained that the body will crave food, even if it is not officially "hungry." If you eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods, you will satisfy your body, and it will not crave high calorie, empty foods. It really hit a cord with me.
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- Submitted by DINNYMO26 2/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments

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Begin with Batches

I'm most likely to make an unhealthy meal choice when I'm rushed or tired. To avoid this I set aside time to cook in large batches. Then I freeze meals in individual portion sizes. When I don't have time to make lunch or I'm too tired to cook dinner, I just pull something out of the freezer.

- Submitted by KNH771 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 27 Comments

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3 question rule

do i realy want it,do i realy need it &will i regret it ?

- Submitted by HONORINGGOD 11/14/2010 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments

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Room-temp water

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.

- Submitted by JUDYFRANCE 3/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 9 Comments

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Drinking a glass of water before every meal

This helps me stay full. I do not over eat emoticon

- Submitted by NAUTICALAKES232 7/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 9 Comments
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