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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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Planning ahead

If you shop and plan your meals ahead for the next week it takes away excess stress and guess work. You also stay within a budget eaiser this way.

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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

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Make a game of it

I play games with myself to save myself calories.

"Trim it" is a game where I think what can I eliminate that I will not miss on this plate.

"Halfsies" is when I know I can't trim the calories and am in a restaurant I cut everything in half.

"Winning" is counting the bad stu...

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Brown Bagging It

I bring my lunch to work. Not only do I save money, but calories too. I try to pack my lunch the evening before to save time in the morning.

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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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