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

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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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WATER!!!

Drink lots of water... and lose up to 5lbs a week... My doctor told me to drink my weight in water. Basically drink 1 OZ of water per pound of weight! It really works.

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Ambient or cold water it doesn't matter

Water = important regardless if u r losing weight or not. Keep getting messages that cold water = better. Well it = a myth. Water IS just water & the difference in the caloric burn between drinking ice cold water and other temps = infinitesimally small. A few steps xtra on treadmill has same effect!

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Halving my Take Out Dinners

When I go out to eat I don't always think about the best option on the menu, but I found that if I split what is on my plate evenly in half and putting it in a to- go container, not only do I eat half as much but i also eat slower and get fuller much faster.Not to mention I have a meal for tomorrow!

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spending calories

I pay myself the target amount of calories for the day when I wake up in the morning. Then I spend them as if they were money. For example i have 1500 calories grape fruit = 75 calories for breakfast that leaves me with 1425 calories to spend on lunch and dinner.

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Preparation is the KEY!!!

I found if I didnt have my meals prepared and ready for me to take with me to work I would make hazardous choices ( I would often later regret). They keep telling us and its definitley true...be prepared and you will definitley succeed!

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Sweat everyday!

I have found that one of the keys for me to continue to lose weight is to make sure I do something that makes me sweat every day. Whether it's a formal workout, cleaning house, doing yard work, or something else, getting my body moving long enough and hard enough to sweat helps!

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Walk instead!

I live a little over a mile from the grocery store, so when I need just one or two light items, I walk instead of driving!

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Track your meals!

I have lost 40 pound over the last year by tracking my food and exercise activities. This allowed me to see everyday that I was doing the right things to achieve my goal. It also helped me to learn how to make the right choices about what I eat. So TRACK YOUR PROGRESS! It will help!

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portion control

use the small remekins for desserts like ice cream,puddings, mashed taters etc.. to help with portion conrol

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