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

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Go to a restaurant only once a week

I have lots more success controlling my weight when I eat my own food and avoid restaurants. My current goal is to only eat at a restaurant once a week, and no more. Most of the time it is just a lunch item, too, which helps, because they tend to be smaller portions.

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Bigger lunch

I eat a larger lunch and a smaller dinner. This seems to help in the weight loss success. I find it better not to eat so many calories at night.

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Snacking can help!

I make sure not to get too hungry by enjoying healthy snacks. It helps to carry snacks at all times so that you always have a healthy alternative.

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Be more 'gooder' than 'badder"

When I am in a situation where I am faced with less than ideal food choices, I stop and think and pick something that is more 'gooder' than 'badder". And I don't beat myself up afterwards for not being perfect.

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Knitting takes two hands

When I sit down to watch tv or a movie I knit so I cannot snack! It is a hassle to stop in the middle of a row or in a pattern so it often isn't worth it just for what the boys are munching on.

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Eating out

I eat out all the time so its hard to follow a diet regimen so I began eating healthy before I left the house so I would not be as hungry at the restaurant and only order side orders to get full. Has helped me so far, its also more financially beneficial.

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Chew Gum

I am notorious for eating as I cook, especially during the evening when I am cooking for my family. To keep me from pinching here and tasting there, I chew on sugarless gum to keep my mouth busy. I also chew gum throughout the day to curb my appetite.

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Carry your lost weight

When you loss weight, lets say 10 lbs. Get a 10 lb bag of potatoes and carry it around with you. You'll see what a 10 lb loss feels like.

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Do a Quick Set of Exercises Before you Eat Anything

Before I let myself eat anything, meal or snack, I make myself do 12-15 reps of some exercise (situps, bicep curls, etc.). It helps me stop grazing by giving me a few seconds to think if I really want the food, and burns a few extra calories even if I do!

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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