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Weight Loss Secrets

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

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Portion control is key

Most of my weight loss has been from exercising, but mostly my portion control.
Not only am I eating smaller meals, but I am eating about every three hours.
Breakfast within the hour that I wake up, helps jump start my metabolism. This is when I have my fruit for the day too. Since I have to ...

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Sparkers lose more weight

People who post often on sparkpeople.com really lose more weight than people who post rarely. I read this on the sparkpeople site and they had done statistical analysis. I know it helps me tremendously. I get a boost daily from my sparkfriends. Without this camaraderie I could not stick to this. So ...

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Start out slowly.

On my many weight loss journeys, the majority of which have not been as successful as I'd hoped, I have learned the importance of starting out slowly. While I must admit that I am currently starting out again, I have learned that I do not do my best work when starting out at full force. On one journ...

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Celebrate mini goals at every "-9" lb and add marbles to a cup to measure success

(I suppose this could also go in the motivation category.)

My secret of success comes courtesy of my friend (TopGoddess) and I think it's an awesome idea that she came up with. I like it a lot and I use it to this day.

So, when you have a lot of weight to lose, it may be discouraging t...

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Help With Calorie Counting

I notice a lot of people have been posting about eating too many calories and even 'borrowing' from the next day's calories in order to justify eating more than they should. It gets discouraging when you look at your calories for the next day, and you would have to starve the entire day to just rese...

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Healthy Soup Helps to Curb Hunger

Often my frustration and a barrier to losing weight and eating healthy is stress. When I work long hours , am too tired, and or stressed I make poor food choices. I give myself the excuse that I just don't have enough time in the day to prepare healthy snacks. I come home and go straight for the pa...

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To loose the weight.

I do my menu every morning, I see how many calories I will be eating and then make sure I burn more calories than I take in.
I use the sparkpeoples nutrition tracker to be sure I have a well balanced day of food. I then use my fitbit dashboard to be sure my fitness is on track. I set up dail...

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Give it a week.

Tracking your food intake and staying within your calorie range is the most effective thing you can do to lose weight now.

Commit to doing it every day for a week and YOU WILL see the results on the scale.

There's nothing more motivating than seeing the results of your commitment! Tur...

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Stick to the program

I have been out on this site since 2009. I would lose a few pounds, figure I have it, and then stop working the program. I am having much more success this time around and I am tracking my food every day, all day. I have a personal trainer once a week. If I keep all these things going, I will se...

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There is no secret. . . .

Exercise and eat food that is good for you. Focus on your health.

I worked hard, thinking about the food I eat, and exercising. sadly, I have been off track on exercising for some time, and that is when I started feeling the weight creeping back. I love to exercise, but have been sacrif...

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