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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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Alcohol

No matter what my friends say "Alcohol" is not good while you're trying to loose weight, I drink EVERY WEEKEND." I'm finally saying "no more alcohol" at least while I try to loose weight, I went from 165 to 236 lbs in two years and part of it was the alcohol!

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Log in every single day! Just do it!

Set a time, anytime, just make sure you do it BEFORE you go to bed. Make it one of your goals that has to be addressed every single day.

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Don't Let Yourself Get Too Hungry

It is easier to satisfy a little hunger than a great big hunger. Especially when you are first starting to lose weight, eating a small amount of food every couple hours really helps. A snack with protein, carb, and a little fat is ideal. Not letting myself get too hungry helps with maintenance, too.

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Fiber

I count fiber instead of calories. It helps me make better food choices and keeps me full. Plus it keeps me reading labels between products. Several different brands of the same item have very different fiber counts.

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Water

I have found drinking my 8 plus each day keeps me hydrated, especially on warmer days, and kicks in the weight loss. There is nothing but plain old water for me. It is the only thing that actually cures my thirst.

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Sweet Tooth

If I'm having a craving for something sweet, I try to eat a naturally sweet food like a 1/2 PB & J sandwich or even PB Apple slices! A healthier alternative that leaves you feeling satisfied!

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Using Spark

The one thing that has helped me loose weight in the last 50 years is to find SparkPeople. I want to send my thanks to AubryJo who took the time to help me find a place to post my food on line. I have been doing it since Sept of 2008 and so far I have lost 30 pounds. I love SparkPeople

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"Cheat" Correctly!

If I am not sure of the exact calorie count of an item, I track it higher than it could be--usually it is close. If it was too high, I can correct it later on my tracker. This kind of "cheating" saves me a few extra calories every week.

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Nothing is forbidden

I've found not forbidding myself from certain foods, but eating my fill of other before I grab a piece of bread or cookies - helps me to eat less. Then when I do enjoy them, they taste even better.

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Eating More Fiber

Eating more fiber, such as lentils, has helped me lose 14 pounds in 7 weeks! :)

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