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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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Extreme Cravings can be caused by Food Sensitivities

I have struggled with extreme cravings for years. Recently with my doctors approval, I went on a gluten free diet. What a difference!!! I always thought the cravings and mood swings were due to sugar and/or hormones. But wheat was the biggest problem!

- Submitted by MNBRIDGE 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Stay away

A trick that has worked for me is to stay away from watching some of my favorite tv shows. Like "Man vs Mood", or "Iron Chief" or "Extreme Food". I am less temped when I don't watch.

- Submitted by MR_UNDER_300 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Rev up Your Metabolism

Alternating caloric intake each week will help fool your body and increase your metabolism. Eating at the high end boosts your metabolism to burn more calories, then when you lower your calories but continue your exercise intensity, your metabolism is still up from the higher calories week.

- Submitted by JUDITH1654 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments

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Hot Driknks Satisfy Better Than Cold

I recently discovered that just drinking a cup of hot herbal or green tea will help me feel full and more satisfied when I have the munchies.

- Submitted by MNBRIDGE 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments

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Use smaller dishes

I started using smaller plates, bowls and cups. A cup of cereal in a one cup bowl fills it to the top; if it's in a 2 cup bowl, it looks like a small portion and i feel like I want more. We eat with our eyes as well as our mouth.

- Submitted by 48WALKER 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Nix Snacking--Drink Flavored Tea!

Love to snack at night while winding down from the day?? Drink hot tea...there are so many flavors, focusing only on the flavor of the tea will fill you up (water), calm you down, and can please taste buds...just watch how much sugar or milk you may add...I think it's best plain!

- Submitted by LBRITT26 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Stop Eating 3 Hours Before Bed

The one most important thing for me to do in order to lose weight is not eat three hours before bed. When faithful with that, I gradually go down. No matter how I "diet", if I eat in the late evening, I don't lose much weight.

- Submitted by MNBRIDGE 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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There is no secret miricle drug that will work.

It takes sweat, hard work, and diet to lose weight and maintain it. It's a learning experience and a life change. If you don't change the habits that made you gain weight, then you'll gain it again.

- Submitted by TAREN584 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Portion Control Snacks Ahead of Time

Invest in a few small tupperware containers (I like 1 cup and 1/2 cup sizes) and portion out crackers, dried fruit, nuts, ect when you first get home from the store. Then it is easy to grab a snack on the way out the door! And if you eat them at home, it's easy to keep track of portions.

- Submitted by JULIEN* 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Quick way to figure out how to maintain your weight loss

To Maintain Weight - Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 12
This is a rough estimate of daily calories needed to maintain weight.

To Lose Weight - Deduct 500 calories from this figure
This gives you a rough estimate of the daily calories needed for you to lose about 1 pound per week.

- Submitted by KEYBOARD51 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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