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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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Treat It Like A Science Experiment

The nutrition tracker allows you to keep tabs on all your nutrients. Make the numbers balance and add up to a healthy new you!

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Go with the punches

Life is not perfectly predictable. Just because you fall for a week doesn't mean you'll fail in the long run. 1 week out of 52 in a year is nothing. Think of how much weight you can lose the rest of the time - keep your chin up, enjoy that off-week and keep going!

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Keep healthy food with you at all times

Never leave the house without a healthy snack. I get busy with my day and all of a sudden feel like I am starving. Instead of grabbing some horrible treat that will ruin my diet, I have my planned snack on hand. I like protein bars with at least 20 grams of protein, but a piece of fruit works too

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Protein Shakes

I keep a few low-carb protein shakes on hand (15-20 g protein; no more than 150 calories) -- and the whey protein powder to mix in the blender (cheaper). I use these when I know I'm about to get hungry and have to grab something quick.

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Losing Weight - A commitment I made to myself

My goal is to lose 15 pounds. Days go by, and I feel disappointed in myself with little change. So instead of focusing on 15 pounds, I started focusing on losing 2 to 5 pounds in two weeks. That is very reasonable, and I have that, I CAN DO IT attitude!

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water

the more water you drink the more you loss..i drink about 100 oz to 128 oz a day...

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Food Swaps

The Eat This Not That books are very eye opening of the nutrient and calories in many pre-packaged foods. They compare common foods to help you make better choices.

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don't starve yourself of things you crave

if you hold back on things you want, like something sweet, it might make you feel down and then in turn you will eat more to satisfy your craving, but if you allow yourself a chunk of chocolate just to satisfy then you will not over eat.

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waiting a few minutes

i learned that when i want to eat something like a candy or a piece of pizza; if i wait 20-30 minutes then sometimes (not always! LOL!) i change my mind. during that time i might grab a yogurt or a crunchy apple while i think about it!

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Write it down

Whenever I flounder, I always return to journaling my food. Every morsel that goes into my mouth is either measured and recorded, or guestimated to my best ability. While it takes some effort to do this, it brings awareness to what I am eating. Always helps drop the pounds! Always.

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