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

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healthy fat vs appetite!

About 70 calories of healthy fat just before you eat ( 6 walnuts, 12 almonds, or 20 peanuts)can trick you into thinking you're full. It stimulates the production of cholecystokinin (hormone that tells you've had enough to eat and then keeps you feeling full longer

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Hunger Pains

I look forward to feeling hungry, as I tell myself I'm losing weight right at that moment. It makes me look forward to hunger pains and not run for food as soon as I feel them.

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Secret Weapon: Hard Boiled Eggs

OK. Maybe it's not a big secret, but eggs make a great snack and the whites are PURE protein, so they fill you up. Sometimes I throw away the yolk and just eath the white. I bought a great hard boiled egg cooker at ACE hardware. I just LOVE that machine. I think this has helped me lose 15

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Baby Spoons

They say use smaller plates, I say smaller spoons. Let that yogurt or cereal or ice cream last a little longer. Savor it more. Your mouth does not have to be full to taste.

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Washable Foods

If you canít wash itÖ donít eat it. You can wash an apple, but have you ever tried to wash a cookie? In theory you can wash a steak, but you canít wash mashed potatoes. Limit the amount of non-washable foods (donít eliminateÖ just limit the amount). It sounds strange but think about it! Have Fun!

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Breathe Deeply

When I feel I just have to eat something or the munchies are getting the better of me, I try to remember to stop what I'm doing and take a minute or two to breathe deeply and relax. Enought studies show that people eat more when they eat faster, so slow down, and observe your environment.

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stop late night snacking

I gave up on the late night snacks. If I feel like I really need something, I will take a piece of fruit or some raw veggies like baby carrots, some slices of cucumber or a stalk of celery. This seems to quench the urge and keeps me on track.

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Day By Day

Something My Grandma Always Remind Me Of:

"You Didn't Gain The Weight Over Night, Don't Expect To Lose It Overnight. It's a process, take all the right steps, in order."

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CHEW CHEW CHEW!!!

I have noticed that taking smaller bites and chewing everything for a longer period of time helps my stomach catch up with my mind and I can stop eating when I actually feel full.

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Habits CAN Be and are made to be Broken

Especially bad habits! If you want to break a bad habit, you must simply replace it with a good habit. Replace something unconstructive with something constructive. Chew gum instead of candy. Replace soda with water. Replace snacking with a walk. Replace couch sitting for floor sitting & exercise.

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