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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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Measure your food

Be sure to w eigh out your food to be sure you are getting the right portions. I found that when I was just guessing I was actualy shorting myself. This wasy you can be sure you are getting satisfied with the right amount of food.

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Celery

I snack on celery all day. It keeps me full until my next meal

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Being deprived of sweets doesn't work for me.

I know that if I deprive myself of sweets I will not be able to stick to my program so I found a cookbook called Cook Yourself Thin and they have wonderful recipes for everything in there as well as sweets. Chocolate cake being one of the recipes in there for ppl like me. You should pick up a copy.

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adding fiber

To add fiber I add Fiber One cereal to my regular cereal or my yogurt

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Get in the Habit of Saying 'No'

Free samples, people sharing food, and even kids can all sabotage your weight loss. Get in the habit of saying 'no thanks' to any offer of food before you even look to see what they are handing you. It is a lot easier to resist that yummy brownie if you've already said you don't want it.

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Make Your Nightime Snack Count!

I've learned that I feel deprived if I don't have a night time snack. I've tried to do without and end up eating more in the long run. Now I'll have of greek yogurt mixed with 2tbsp of my chocolate protein powder for a 'pudding'. All the protein fills me up and I get a chocolate fix!

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Reward Yourself with Non Food Treats

Especially if you are used to rewarding yourself with cake or chips or ice cream, but even if not, reward yourself for your good efforts. Only don't choose food. The first day you stick to your calorie range, enjoy a bubble bath. After a successful week, get a manicure; a month, a new blouse, etc.

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Keeping Track

The sparkpeople food tracker helps so much! In the past, I'd think I was "being bad" and then kind of give up because I would think I was already off plan. But now when I think I've gone over, I track it and I'm often surprised to see that I'm still within my calorie allowance!

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Brush your teeth when hungry...

Whenever I get a craving for the bad stuff, I grab my toothbrush instead. A quick brush leaves a minty taste in my mouth, and the last thing I want to do after brushing is eat!

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Aim for High Fibre

I found that by aiming between 30-35 grams of fibre per day, I am satisfied for longer periods of time after each meal. Breakfast may be porridge with fruit, snacks may include almonds and I try to have some sort of bean dish with either lunch or supper (check out vegetarian chili)!

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