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

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Don't Leave "Temptation" On The Table at Meal Time.

Put a serving of whatever you are eating on your plate and close up any boxes, bags, bowls or other containers and put them away immediately. It's too easy to pick at it or worse yet decide on another whole serving if it is left sitting in front of you on the table.

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Eat outside

When the weather permits we dish up our plates and take them outside to eat. By not sitting near the serving dishes with the food, we eat what is on our plates and not more.

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Holiday meal pretrials

try low calorie sides and entrees a couple of times before the holidays to ensure they work and will be enjoyed, add them to the meal and subtract the higher calorie item next time

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Eat what you want but with moderation

It is so difficult but it comes down to that. We all know it. And you know? Besides loosing weight our wallet grows. Yes growing is possitive. Why spend so much on diet products. In stead of a spoon of peanutbutter take just half a spoon. You still have the taste but half the calories. Goodluck!!

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What do I REALLY want?

When I have a craving, I stop and think about what I REALLY want. Usually I'm thirsty so start with a glass of water. What else do I need?
Salt? Tomato with salt does the trick.
chocolate? Heat up skim milk and put Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa in it with some Splenda.

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Fill up before filling up

I eat a cup of baby carrots 20 minutes before a meal to tell my brain that I'm already filling up. That way I'm not tempted to go back for seconds or thirds. This is a particularly good trick when going out to eat or over to the in-laws.

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Sugar Free is the way to Be

I eat sugar free candy when I get those 3:00 in the afternoon and after dinner cravings. It has helped me to not have to give up what I like and still allows me stick to my calories and carb levels that I have set for myself.

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Craving Something Sweet

I have a sweet tooth, so when I want something sweet I air pop some popcorn, and use cooking spray (rather than butter) then mix some cinnamon and splenda and sprinkle it on the popcorn (the spray makes it stick). 5 cups is 160 calories! It's a wonderful sweet treat!

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Pocket guide

I have a Food On The Go Pocket Guide that fits in my purse, A guide to making wise choices when eating out.
It lists restaurants , healthiest food at that restaurant and calories, fiber etc.
I also try and look at this book and a menu before getting to the restaurant

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Surviving An All You Can Eat Buffet

Circumstances find us in the worst positions - like the buffet! Take an empty plate and tour through all the options zeroing in on the healthy, baked, broiled, steamed and of course vegies. Go back to the start and pick and choose those options that work with your meal plan. You're in control!

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