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

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Brush Your Teeth Instead of Eating

When I have a craving that comes at a time when I shouldn't eat, I brush my teeth. I think it's just a fact that no one wants to turn around and eat after brushing teeth, and it's great for your teeth. You can still brush your teeth if you're at work or out somewhere. And it doesn't have to be very involved, just a quick brush does the trick. emoticon

- Submitted by LDOTSON7 3/7/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 47 Comments

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My little secret

I am "secretly" attending weight watchers meetings to lose weight. This way I can eat what I want, still lose, and nobody is looking at me saying "I thought you were on a diet". It's not a diet, it's a life style change, and since nobody knows I don't have to worry about negative comments when I do eat, or mess up! emoticon

- Submitted by DIETS_SUCK 4/14/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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when I get hungry

I try to drink water if that doesn't help I will either eat a salad with just vinegar or I take a nap.

- Submitted by JENMUNOZ1 2/4/2015 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Scale

I have the perfect way to know exactly how many ounces are in the food I eat, ....., wait for it, I Weigh IT! I stopped eyeballing my food, the looks the food give me are deceiving. I stopped guessing, and now I am 38 pounds lighter in matter of 3 months. emoticon

- Submitted by SGAR36 1/30/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Eat Purposefully

I have found if l eat Purposefully, nourishing my body, chewing, not inhaling my food, that l am satisfied physically and mentally.
I went off all sugar almost 5 months ago and my cravings for nutritious foods increased dramatically.

- Submitted by APHRODIDTE 12/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Use baby spoons & forks to eat

Okay, I just discovered that we have no teaspoons in the house. Really, not one. While looking for teaspoons I found my son's old baby spoon and fork and started using them. Great idea for me! Wu-who because now instead of a huge table spoon of food in my mouth I use a tiny baby spoon and my food lasts longer!

- Submitted by JENACE1 6/23/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Eat small portions every 2-3 hours if possible

Eating small portions every 2-3 hours is helping me to reduce weight as body does not feel deprived of food this way and it won't go in to starvation mode or slow down metabolism.

When ever I feel hungry between meals , I eat either a carrot or drink a cup of water. In fact before every meal or snack drinking little bit of water helps a lot.

All this combined with steady exercise schedule will definitely help in reducing weight consistently. I am trying walking for 75-90 minutes a day .

- Submitted by ASTRO007 5/2/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Eat ice cream with a baby spoon

Eat your ice cream with a baby spoon. It will take longer to eat and be more satisfying. It's also fun!

- Submitted by REBECCAMA 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments

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Eat anything you want, but only a small portion of it.

I am not good at dieting, if something is forbidden to me, I and up eating a lot of that food after two or three days of dieting.
So I've discovered this trick, if I want to eat something I eat it, but only a small quantity of it to satisfy my appetite.
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- Submitted by TIA_DALMA 1/7/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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