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

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Don't get complacent

Reaching a goal weight doesn't mean the work is over. Weight loss is like using a treadmill. At maintainenace, the pace downshifts so it's easier to manage long term, but if we get complacent, we will lose ground, until we eventually fly off the back and land on our butts!

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Sleep Is Key

I find that when I'm very tired, I often feel hungry. If I work on getting 8+ hours of sleep, much of the hunger goes away. Sleep is key!

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The three day. "Full Court Press"

Thats the secret to weight loss. The Full Court Press!. Not a fan of basketball? Look it up, it'll give your something to do when you're not eating.

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Snacking

Control snacking by taking a "serving" from the bag, box, etc and then put it away. If you have the whole container in front of you, you are more likely to eat more than a serving.

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Green tea before a snack

Every time I feel like I want to eat a snack I drink a cup of green tea, no sweetener. It gives me something positive to do, no calories and is healthy. It's a choice I can feel really good about. Then if I still feel like I want a snack I eat a piece of fruit.

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Drink Water While Eating To comsume less Calories.

My grandmother who i grew up with used to tell me eat your food 1st then drink. I'm sure this makes a lot of sense and can be scientifically proven. However, I've found that sipping water between bites of food made me full faster and as a result i consumed less calories.

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A glass of water every hour

Drink a glass of water when you wake up, then waits 60 minutes and drink another glass of water..and then again and again. bring the bottle always with you.

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A simple decision

Make a simple decision/CHOICE. Act upon it. Immediately change the "old" emotional thought from I can't to I can!. I had to repeat it a million times, as we think continually within our minds. We can do this!

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Accurate Calorie Target

Looking back on it, one time my attempt to lose weight failed because I chose a plan that simply had too many calories for me. SparkPeople nutrition tracker will ensure you have an effective calorie target.

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Ice Chips!

If your like me you like to eat when your bored. Next time try going to the freezer and making a large cup of Ice Chips, Chew or suck on them and I promise you half way though them you will be please and also too full to remember you wanted food. (ice chips fools your body into thinking you ate).

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