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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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A few of my weight loss tips.

Make peace with anything that you need to. Drink mostly water. get enough sleep. exercise in the morning an before breakfast burns more fat. bath as hot as you can stand it ( don't burn yourself) helps burn fat. tell your weekly weigh in to someone keeps you motivated/accountable. do mostly cardio. use some weights. use a tape measure track that way too. watch motivating videos often. get an exercise buddy. move to your favorite songs. don't deny yourself treats, but watch how often/portions.

- Submitted by MISSTIGERESS 7/3/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Cancel your Cable!

I cancelled my cable and got Netflix and Amazon Prime. I also pledged that I will only watch TV while I exercise. So I pick a show to follow and for the 30 minutes on the treadmill, I watch that show. If it gets really interesting it also helps motivate me to get up in the morning. Best part is you don't get any tempting food commercials!! emoticon

- Submitted by RAINBOWSNROSES 6/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Omit unhealthy carbs; sugar, bread pasta

To endure means to suffer patiently. To envision a better thinner body I endure by abstaining from temporary treats that taste good. Also if I'm hungry or craving there are many low carb healthy options.

- Submitted by DIANESKATZ 7/22/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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no more stir fry

One of the greatest tips for success. I love Asian food and stir fry adding all the ingredients together, veggies, meat, rice/noodles. Several years ago my dietitian suggested I start with vegetables first, salad or cooked and then go on to protein and carbs. It changed my way of eating and has become a habit for the lat 2 years. emoticon

- Submitted by BLUEPEARL13 7/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Child's Plate

Buy a child's plate (divided into three segments) and child's utensil set. When you use a child's portion plate, you are more likely to get the correct portion sizes. The smaller utensils will force you to take smaller bites. Smaller bites will allow you to eat more slowly and you will begin to feel fuller faster.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/25/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Be 100% TOTALLY Honest with YourSELF!

True awareness of why the weight isn't coming off begins with 100% total honesty about the quantity of everything we eat (weight, ounces, or serving size), the content of what we eat (how much sodium, sugar, etc. is in the food), and how much truly active exercise we're getting on a daily basis.

Fudging to ourselves about any aspect of our plan only harms our SELVES! It's time to be REAL and Focus on being honest with ourselves so we can succeed and be who we want to become!

- Submitted by SPARKLEE 5/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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OMAT - One Month At A Time

In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!

- Submitted by ODAT1117 4/14/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Shakes or Smoothies

My secret is I added two protein shakes to my plan a day

- Submitted by SHONDDA1 7/12/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Half portions..

When I first lost weight 5 years ago, I didn't know about Spark at first and had a lot to lose, so I ate the same things, but cut each portion I'd usually eat in half. It was an easy way to cut calories since I was eating way too much. I lost 50 pounds that year. After I'd started losing that way, I added in exercise and started making better food choices too. It all adds up.

- Submitted by LAKEGIRL17 6/27/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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It has to be special

if something isn't over the top fantastic, truly unique, i pass it up or i think to myself, i have had that before i know how it tastes. like pudding or even a candy bar i have had a bunch of times, i already know what it tastes like. but i will treat myself to a canoli at a festival. it has to be special...also eat lots of protien

- Submitted by MOM2JTD3 6/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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