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

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Something I think about...

- What you donīt put in your mouth you donīt have to diet away afterwords.

Kind of helps me realize the connection between sweets/high fat foods and my body weight, and makes me ask if it is really worth it!

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Weight loss without having to count calories.

In May of 2007 I weighed 226. In June I started eating a vegan diet. I lost 40 pounds and have kept it off for almost three years now. I do not eat any animal based foods. I do not add any oils or fats while cooking my foods.
Books:
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Becoming Vegan ...

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i can't see my plate.....

When you place food on your plate...makes sure you can see your plate....

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Measure your bowls

To help with portion control use measuring cups to determine how much your favorite bowls actually hold. I have several tupperware-like containers that I have measured to ensure that they only hold a cup -- I fill with fruit to nibble on throughout the day

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Tracking

This is not a secret, but is essential. Keep account of all your calories and write it down. You always eat more than you think when you try to keep track in your head. It has been studied that those who write it down succeed in weight loss 50% more!!

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Try this....

Don't SIT if you can STAND;
Don't STAND if you can WALK;
Don't WALK if you can RUN...

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Late Night Boogie

When it comes to the late night, I am ALWAYS ravenous. So I have found its better to eat 1-2 servings of egg whites with green onion and spinach with red pepper. Takes the bite out of the hunger and its low in calories.

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REWARD!

For every pound I lose I set aside $5. This extra cash can be used to treat your self when you reach a goal you have set for yourself. But for me it came in handy and as I had to purchase SMALLER sizes!

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Read Labels

Reading labels and avoiding added salt has helped me to eat healthy and lose weight. So many items items from OTC meds to food have added sodium written in variouus forms. By avoiding items that contain sodium I have been able to keep from adding pounds due to water retension.

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Following a Vegan Diet

I took a vegan cooking class (main focus is a cancer prevention diet). I had no idea how much this lifestyle change would enhance my life! I've lost 22 pounds (thanks to Spark and logging food, too) & everyone is telling me how great I look. Vegan is wonderful and delicious!

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