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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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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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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 90 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 140 Comments

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Stopping the urge to snack

When I feel the urge to have a snack I do not need or a craving, I go brush my teeth and make them feel nice and fresh, That way you do not want to ruin the clean taste in your mouth, and if you did go ahead and snack it would not taste the same as the toothpaste taste would interfere and food would

- Submitted by LITTLE_QUEEN 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 58 Comments

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Weight Loss Inspiration Bracelet

I put together a weight loss inspiration bracelet from items I purchased at the flea market. For a few dollars I have an item I can wear and keep with me always to remind me to BELIEVE in myself and BELIEVE I can do anything I put my mind to.
My bracelet is made from a second hand sterling chain bracelet with toggle clasp and a "BELIEVE" circle charm. If you would like to see I have loaded a photo into my Spark page photos.
It was very easy to put together with 2 pairs of needle nose pliers.

- Submitted by IMAGINE-THAT 6/30/2015 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Weigh and Measure!

I think one of the more important things that really helped me that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention in articles here is a simple food scale. So many foods are hard to measure without one! Grapes, watermelon, meats, and a lot of other fresh foods, which is the kind of food you WANT, all become very easy to track. It's a great tool :) On a side note, measure all other foods, as well. Like use measuring cups and measuring spoons when required. Make it a habit.

- Submitted by MOOGLESFOREVER 6/3/2015 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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When I want to snack

When I want to snack, especially at night when I'm not even really hungry, I paint my nails. Cant stick my hands in a bag of chips or popcorn if my fingernails are wet. :-)

- Submitted by MANDYISFITAT40 3/20/2011 in Weight Loss | 9 Comments

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Never give up

No matter how bad a day has gone never give up your dreams and goals...it took me 3.5 years to loose 200+ pounds , and some days I just did not think I could go on but I did .......so no matter what never ever give up......each day is a new start at working towards your goals....

- Submitted by KITT52 2/24/2011 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments

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Dont give up!

No matter what happens never stop! Keep moving because if you keep going pounds are bound to drop. Not to mention inches. Starting all over sucks so keep moving forward in whatever you can do!

- Submitted by MISSYMCLAURIN 10/19/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments

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Logging bad eating!

Even if you have eaten bad make sure you record what you've eaten, this way you can learn from it. It's tempting to not record intake if you haven't eaten properly but this is the time you need to record it, along with how it made you feel

- Submitted by KITKABOO 9/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 12 Comments
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