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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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Weigh yourself at the same time each day you're on the scale

Whether you weigh yourself daily, or weekly, it is important to pick the same time of the day each time you're on the scale. That way you are more accurately able to see your results (or lack of them) over time.

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Just Eat

Don't do any other activity while you're eating. Don't watch TV. Don't read a book. Do talk to who ever is with you. Try to focus on what you're eating. Not look up from TV or book in 10 minutes and think-what did I just eat?

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Never Give Up

No matter how many times you've tried and failed in the past, never give up! With the help and education available at SP, if we follow the program, we all can be successful. It's been such a struggle for me, but I am absolutely determined to finally conquer this battle. We can do it!

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Use Colorful Foods

Some cultures spend more effort in food presentation than Americans. Try having several colors of food on your plate. Sweet potato, tomatoes, spinach, meat. It's like having technicolor food. You tend to appreciate what you're eating more

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Eat slowly

Don't rush through your meals. Take your time, savour the texture and flavour of each bite. Enjoying the sensation of eating helps me to feel satisfied, and eating slowly allows my body time to register that I'm satisfied before I'm stuffed.

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Plan Meals and Snacks

Packing my lunch and 2 healthy snacks the night before, helps me avoid all the fast food temptations. I also leave a low fat yogurt in the fridge at work for those days I want something extra.

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"FILLING UP"

The trick to losing weight is filling up. Vegetables, because they have a high fiber content. Water also makes you feel full, that way you're not overeating.

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Don't Wait Until YOu Get Hungry

I have personally found that if I consciously schedule myself to eat a snack in between main meal,s (even if I don't feel hungry) not only do I maintain energy levels, I eat less at the next main meal I have at least proven this to myself by using Sparkpeoples Nutrition Tracker tool

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I LOSE and my kids WIN!

I told my daughter if she can help me get under 200 I'll take her for a girls day out at the local hotel/indoor waterpark. She works me harder than Jillian some days. So far I'm down 26 and have 10 to go.

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Drinking water

I start the day with 16 oz water before coffee then have another 16 oz before lunch and another 16 oz before dinner. I try to sip on water or decaf. coffee/tea during the day.

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