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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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Trick to make OJ (and wine) go further

If you've grown up having a large glass of juice every morning, but could do without so many calories, try putting a single serving of juice in a large cup, then filling with diet 7UP or seltzer. I also do the same with (inexpensive) wine so I can have a larger glass and still 1 serv. of calories!

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Curbing hunger

As I have read before, drinking lots of water helps in weight loss. Sometimes when I think I am hungry, I will grab a bottle of water to drink. One trick I use is to add a flavored fiber powder. and that seems to help. You can have your cake and eat it too.

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Nuts about NUts

I carry a baggie of almonds (no salt) on hand. When I get cravings/hungry, I grab a handful and I feel satisfied! This is a GREAT way to not over eat and still feel the sensation of eating!

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Rules and Boundaries

Remember, all relationships have rules and boundaries. If the relationship fails to work within those rules and boundaries then you end it. The same goes for food.

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Fiber & Water - Filling and Refreshing

I choose foods high in fiber, especially for breakfast and snacks, because those are the foods that will keep you feeling fuller longer. Also, I drink LOTS of water. It keeps you full, feeling refreshed, and it's great for your skin and digestion!

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One Day At A Time

I didn't put the extra weight on overnight so I can't take it off overnight either. Rather than put a number in my head (the scale will say 5 lbs less this week), I just look for the scale to either stay the same or go down ANY amount.

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The 4 Rules

When trying to lose weight, take the 4 rules into consideration: quality, quanity, frequency, activity. Eat good healthy food choices every 2-3 hours in reasonable quantities, and get active for at least 30 minutes a day.

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Bite IT then be sure to Write IT!

It is so important for a successful weight loss that you are aware of what you are eating. I always log what I have eaten, everything you put in your mouth needs to be logged. At the end of the week go over & read what you consumed. It helps keep you more accountable. If u bite it, write it!

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Try new foods more then once !

Don't be afraid to try something new. Sometimes it takes more then one try before you like it. The first time I tried cilantro I hated it...now I love it.

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Walking has made all the difference

I have lost in the last week a ton of weight my pants are falling down all because I really started walking.

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