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

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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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Distraction

When I feel like I really need something to eat and I want to wait until mealtime, I call someone on the phone that I enjoy talking to. It really helps to distract me so that I wait until mealtime to eat.

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sharing a snack

I Share my snacks with my son , not I only I eat less, but I teach my son a few important things, to share, not to over eat. and not to be greedy with your food.

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Track

Not really a secret to SPers but I have found that when I have gotten out of tracking is when I plateau. Which then I realize is not really a plateau but me overeating. LOL! When I track I lose--bottom line!

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Spice it up!

With the mentality that every calorie counts why not burn a few extra. The capsaicin (the heat in peppers) will slightly raise your metabolism so you can burn a few extra calories.

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Save the Wrappers

Save any wrappers during binge. Note unwrapped items. Enter data in nutrition tracker. You may be up several pounds, but calculate the calories of your indulgence. Divide by 3500, the calories of one pound. A binge of 875 calories means just 1/4 pound to lose plus the sodium/water weight. Do-able!

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