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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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Honesty

I think the key to weight loss is being honest with yourself about how you got to the place you do not want to be. Once you realize this, it is easier to make a plan to get back to where you want to be. Tracking food was a real eye opener for me thanks to this website.

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avoiding not- so good for you foods

I am avoiding foods like fried foods and proccessed foods. Drinkly lots and lots of water. I found that once I changed my attitude from I can't have that piece of chocolate cake or dorittos to I can but its not good for me. It is easier not to over eat them or even want them. I also have found that

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Waiting....

After I have eating my meal I set my baking timer for 20 minutes...It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to tell the stomach that it's full...it works!

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Healthy snacking

I am the kind of person that likes to snack/graze. So what helped me a lot was to always have munchies that are healthy with me at work etc...so I take blueberries, strawberries, snap peas, carrots, apples, oranges, or whatever is available.

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Plan ahead!

What has helped me lose 75 pounds in the past year was planning my meals at least a day in advance. I used sparkpeople's nutrition tracker to make sure I stayed under my daily calorie limit, knew what food to bring to work, and what time to eat. It became an easy routine.

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The lifestyle change

It's not a secret, it's making the change. Eating healthier and working out, that's it. Having a workout partner helps, but you can only count on you in the end. Keep motivated. Lots of times you'll eat unhealthy or not work out, just get back to it. That's it.

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Focus on Output MINUS Input (7x24)

Focus on thinking about what you are putting into the body, and what the body is putting out in terms of physical effort. The formula that output minus input should be greater than zero got me on the right track from day one and it is a very long lasting formula.

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Alternate days

Alternating days of high carb/low carb will keep your body guessing!

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Calories matter

Your body is a perfect calorie counter, it doesn't lie. Like my doctor used to tell me, 'People would come in here saying all I ate was carrots and I still gained weight' His response was then you ate 4000 calories of carrots. Its simple, what you put in minus your expenditure = gain/loss

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Half a Loaf

my motto is" half a serving is better than a whole serving". This has helped me lose ten pounds on Sparkpeople. I eat 1/2 servings of whatever I want. I just don't want things like french fries, gooey sweet desserts or other things with too much fat, sugar and salt.

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