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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 Sizes

I always run late in the mornings. To save time (and calories), when I buy a new box of cereal, I divide it into portion sizes in zipper sandwich bags. Then I put the individual bags back in the box. When I'm late, I can just grab a bag from the box and have the right amount. Works w/ snacks too!

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Help against the sweet tooth

I have problems with my sweet tooth.
But it is a fact that cinnamon can help against it! So when I have a sweet tooth attack that just won't go away I take a apple and quarter it and sprinkle some cinnamon on it. Eating the apple slowly you can just feel the sweet tooth go away.

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My secrets to my recent weight loss

In "The Spark" book I read about Linda. Linda lost 50 pounds. She is in a wheel chair and through Spark she found a way to lose her 50 lbs.
I lost my momentum at 25 out of 50 lbs. I am now 10 lbs from goal weight. I watch my daily intake of carbs closely & feel much better for doing this.

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Counting Calories

I tried losing weight many times with no success. If this is happening to you - Try counting your calories. It is the only way I ever have any success in weight loss. Tracking your fitness minutes is fun too, but I find calories super-important!

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grocery shopping

Since I live on my own when I go grocery shopping I only buy healthy foods. I threw away all the junk food I had when I started Spark People. Lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks so far so something is working

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Theory of Halves

If you are craving something, for example, a peanut butter sandwich. Make a half a sandwich, eat it, enjoy it and if you still want more, make the other half. Don't make the whole thing up front, only half. Gives you time to think about making another one and if you really NEED it.

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Walk it off

When I feel like I'm about to crack and indulge, I take a 10 minute walk. It clears my head - much better than giving in.

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When tempted to snack

When I get the after-dinner munchies and am tempted to snack, I brush my teeth. I am much less likely to eat afterwards.

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Just Sweat!

To lose weight, the key is to SWEAT! You can do anything as long as it makes you sweat. 30 Minutes of sweating each day will definately help you lose weight. You can clean. dance. exercise, walk...whatever you enjoy, but sweat it off!!

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Eating

Only eat until you feel comfortable. Your brain takes twenty minutes to catch up with your stomach. So before you overindulge wait twenty minutes. You will be full!

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