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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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Consider a Treadmill Desk!

A treadmill desk allows you to walk slowly while you work. Research at the Mayo Clinic and other places shows that not only do you burn extra calories, but you are more productive! If you walk 1 mph for 6 hours you burn an extra 600 calories a day - enough to lose an additional pound a week!

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maintaining you weight loss

I find that I still have to write down everything I eat. I need to know how many calories I have eaten so I know to stop when I have reached my capacity or a bit over. If I didn't count I would continue to eat and thus gain my lost weight.

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Avoid animal products

I avoid animal products--meat and dairy, including eggs. They are the sole source of cholesterol and usually have more saturated fat than most people know. Plus, they have no fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes provide all the variety I need.

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Track the food you eat in restaurants more easily

When you're eating out and want to remember what you ate, use your phone to take a picture of your plate before you start eating. You'll remember what you ate more easily, and knowing you're going to take a picture might help you eat more mindfully.

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When You Think You Are Starving...

& a normal meal could not satisfy you, don't eat a whole cake. Instead, reach for rotisserie chicken or broiled cod. Add a salad and a veggie. Eat slowly; stop when you are full. You may find it takes far less to satisfy you than you thought. Next time don't let yourself get so hungry.

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Easy way to keep measuring your food.

Buy extra measuring cups and keep the cup in the container so it's always handy. For example, I keep the 1/2 cup measuring cup in my oatmeal box, and I use it for the scoop. Plastic measuring cups are cheap and this keeps me honest and on track.

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Move!

what has been helping me is a little more movement. when im watching tv during commercial breaks i get up and climb the stairs in my dorm a few times, or randomly break out in dance when a good song is on. it doesnt seem like much but my weight is dropping!

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Be patient!

Permanent weight loss requires patience- you'll hit plateaus and have less than perfect days...but in the long run, as long as you stay on course most of the time, you'll lose. I keep reminding myself how long it took me to gain the weight in the first place.

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Take WATER with you daily!

It's surprising how thirsty I get during the day and need my water. I am at the weight now I was 22 yrs. ago and REMEMBERED--hey, I used to drink water all the time as soon as I got home from work .Also I find if I have water with me,it causes ..

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preparing ahead of time

I find that if I spend a few hours on Sunday preparing my meals for the week I am far more successful at staying on my plan. This includes having prepackaged snacks available to me that are healthy options.

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