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

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How to Address the Crisis of Childhood Obesity

How to Address the Crisis of Childhood Obesity


According to the latest statistics,1 about 75 percent of American men and 67 percent of women are either overweight or obese. This means less than one-third of US adults are at a healthy weight.

The statistics for children are equally ...

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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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Stop food addiction/ cravings

I stopped gaining weight by getting my food (sugar) addiction under control. I switched to a reduced (average 60 grams a day) carbohydrate, high protein (100-150 grams a day) diet. This stopped my blood sugar from spiking and crashing and broke my binge eating cycle. I noticed a major difference in ...

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Hydrate to lose

Drink lots of water to lose weight. I find it is the key to success.

I use to snack all day long and found some information online regarding hydration and weight loss that made me try this secret.
I try not to snack at all, I drink water. Super cold, lots of ice, in a nice fun glass ...

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Low carb whole foods and Intermittent Fasting

My true weight loss (80 pounds so far) did not occur until I added Intermittent Fasting to my diet. There are many types of IF but the one that works for me is the 5:2 Fast Diet:
1. Eat a normal amount of calories 5 days per week.
2. Eat 500 calories on the 2 non-consecutive days.

Th...

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My Top Tips and Tricks

Here are some quick and dirty tips that have helped me in my journey, followed by other things that I feel have helped me in my journey.

Switch Out. When I hit a plateau switch things up. Add more strength training, or use SparkPeople's meal plans. The meal plans are great because...

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50 non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss

50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss
Healthy Ways to Celebrate Success!

By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer

Losing weight and maintaining healthy habits are both challenging, but that d...

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A Bump in the Road

Opps...there it is again! Another bump in the road that has derailed me from my weight loss path. But worry not, this is not a failure but a learning process that helps me to figure out how to get where I want to go so long as I am not willing to give up.

So often when we get off track, we ...

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Track Exercise and Housework Activities Every Day to Help Keep Your Exercise Program Challenging

I find that tracking my exercise program is just as important as tracking my food intake. As with recording my food intake, I have the greatest success when I make it a point to track all of my exercise activities every day. Tracking lets me know what types of activities I am doing and how long I ...

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Wear a too-big tee shirt backwards as you and your weight are shrinking

I've lost nearly 25 lbs - hurrah! I am happier and healthier and fitting into lots of things in my closet that used to be too small.

But some things used to be the right size, and now are too big. The best thing to do, of course, is to donate those and buy new ones in my new size, and I'm do...

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