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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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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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Journal your Misshaps.

I found that instead of beating myself up after the event, I now record the event in my journal. I ask myself why I made a decision to overeat/overdrink. What was going on at the time. Who was I with. Talking to myself in my journal helps me realise what keeps tripping me up.

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If you must overeat, overeat the right things.

I overate thru March and was sure I would see no loss at the end of the month. I was thrilled to see a five-pound drop. I credit the fact that I'd eaten "too much" of the good things and no junk. The surprise loss also motivated me to resume good food habits and to start exercising, which I hadn...

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Weigh in on Sunday/Monday

If you weigh in on Sunday or Monday, you tend to be more careful about indulging over the weekend because you know you're gonna have to face the scale!

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satisfy my cravings

When i crave a candy bar or something sweet i eat a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter. It satisfies my cravings for any sweets and fills me up!

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