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

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Leave a little something off your plate!

I leave off the bread at meals, and it leaves a few more calories available thru the day - so when I want a snack, I have a few calories to play with. It makes a big difference in my day! I eat a granola bar or extra fruit about 3 pm, and it holds me til dinner. That way, I don't overeat at dinner!

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Dipping Isn't Just for Salad Dressing Anymore

Most of us have heard the tip to dip our fork into the salad dressing instead of pouring it on. I have started to use the same trick for syrup on pancakes/waffles and sauces (cheese etc) on vegetables. It gets the taste where you want it, you'll use way less...and your pancakes don't get soggy!!

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Love your body!

You and your body are not enemies! Your body is your friend who needs your help. And don't forget to reward it after tough exercises: go to the spa or beauty salon, buy lotion for body, face cream, or just new shower gel with tasty flavour, and your body will be grateful

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Plan ahead

Sit down and plan out tomorrow the night before. Go ahead and track what you are going to eat and what exercise you will do. for some reason, once it is written, I have to do it.

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resisting the temptation to eat unhealthy snacks

I am most tempted to eat something that is not good for me, when I am really hungry--especially when I come home after a long day at school, and dinner is a few hours away. I keep a bowl of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge--a quick, protein-rich snack that stave off the hunger pangs till dinner!

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Portion Control

I have a real challenge with portion control. I now check the package for the portion size, measure out the portions, place in zip lock baggies and put them back in the original box. Works really well with cereal & snacks.

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Keep moving

Walk, walk, walk. Park as far way as you can from the store. Take time to return the cart. Walk the dog. Walk up and down the steps in your house. Try the stairs, instead of the elevator. Just do what you can to keep moving.

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The CandyMan!

When you pass by your work friend's desk with the candy jar...SAY HELLO!
But, do not touch!
Kind words are sweeter than sugar!

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Beef it up.......with veggies

I like to add frozen vegetables to anything that I can. Keep bags of mixed veggies in the freezer and add them to soups or frozen dinners. try different kinds of veggies like California blend, Mexican, Asian, etc. you can also add Beans or Rice for more variety to make anything more filling and ta...

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Reward yourself for every accomplishment.

Reward yourself for even minor accomplishments. Every hour you work out, every one pound of weight loss, everyday you stay on track, just make sure most rewards are not centered on food.

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