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

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Create a "wiggle-room meal" when tracking calories!

I eat a big or small breakfast based on how hungry I am in the morning, and I track it. Then, still in the morning, I enter what I'm planning to have for dinner, and then I enter an evening snack. Lunch is my "wiggle room." I can go big or small, depending on how many calories I have left.

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My Secret Wardrobe

This has helped me lose weight before- You know how you have all those clothes in different sizes? Just organize them largest to smallest, and as you get fit, you fit into the smaller sizes. If you don't, you wear the same stuff over n over!

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Diagnosed with food allergies...

I've recently been diagnosed with allergies to wheat, oats, soy, malt, barley and rye... I'm not saying go out and find yourself an allergy, but I can't help but think if I hadn't been diagnosed I'd still be in my rut. I'm eating so much better. Fresh fruits, vegis and lower fat meats...

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WEIGHT LOSS

WHY IS IT WHEN A PERSON GOES ON DIET,WHY IS IT THEY HAVE TO EAT 6 MEALS A DAY?

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Salad Dressing Secret

When ever I eat salad I ask for the dressing on the side. Then I dip my fork in the dressing and then take a bite of salad. When I am through I have used only a small fraction of the dressing, but I still get the dressing taste with every bite and I don't feel I have missed out on anything.

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Count Ahead!--Don't Eat out of the Bag!

One of my take-along snacks in the car is Triscuit Reduced Fat Crackers=7 is 1 serving.To keep myself to that ONE SERVING,I count the crackers out and put THE BOX AWAY! I also do this at home--it helps me to be more accurate in my calorie-counting and not overindulge!

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Getting that water in each day!

I sometimes have difficulty drinking 8 glasses per day and find if I make a large jug of unsweetened green tea and keep it in the fridge I am more apt to drink more, a dash of fresh lemon and I am set. Green tea is a great antioxident and some say it has weight loss properties. I find it is helping.

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Plan, Plan, Plan

The best way to lose weight and stay on track is to plan as much as possible! Plan your food, plan your exercise, plan your rest days... its fine to adjust the plan as needed, but having it on paper helps you to stick with it!

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Easy way to get cups of water a day!

Keep a 16 oz cup nearby and have a cup of water as soon as you wake up. If you exercise in the morning, make sure you have another 16 oz. cup of water during exercise. For the rest of the day, drink from a 16 oz. bottle of water or a 16 oz. cup.

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Be a miser at dinner!

I find that when I eat the bulk of my calories in the first two meals of the day and eat less for dinner, it's easier for me to lose weight. That's because I am using the calories for the most active times of the day. Plus, I'm not as hungry at dinner having eaten well at breakfast and lunch.

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