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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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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 | 86 Comments

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walking instead of desert

In stead of having a desert such as Skinny Cow I now go for a 30 minute walk emoticon

- Submitted by PROJECTCHRISSIE 11/25/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Eat a pound of vegetables every day

This is what did it for me. Get a kitchen scale and eat at least a pound of vegetables every day. They fill you up, and you have less room for junk. No food is off- limits, but who has room for a large dessert or second helping of meat when you've just eaten three grilled zucchinis or a shoebox sized serving of spinach?

- Submitted by STRONG_SARAH 8/23/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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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 | 44 Comments

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secret from dr. oz

This isn't my secret, it's one of his weight-loss rules that I thought would be very challenging but instead am finding it to be very helpful. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime.

Those hours are when I tend to eat the most junk! By following this rule I am literally cutting out probably a third of my food intake for the day!

- Submitted by SANYA_SHNICK 3/14/2011 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments

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My one-sentence diet

Eat half as much as you "want"; exercise twice as much as you "feel" you should. emoticon

- Submitted by JANLUC145 1/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 10 Comments

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Visual Motivation!

Besides a Vision Collage, place a small jar filled with pebbles or marbles, one for each pound or half pound you have set your goal at. Take out the pebbles or marbles as you lose those pounds. Keep your jar on the kitchen counter or close to the refrigerator as a reminder to stay on track.

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- Submitted by PATTIJOHNSON 1/2/2011 in Weight Loss | 14 Comments

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Join the One Pound Club

Rather than becoming discouraged at needing to lose a large amount of weight, simply aim to lose one pound. We all can do that. When you do, celebrate your success then shoot for just one more pound. Every pound lost builds confidence and is an easier target to achieve quickly than losing 20 or 50 or 100 pounds.

- Submitted by IUHRYTR 12/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 7 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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Cravings - Three bite rule

I joined Weight Watchers over two years ago. I lost 90% of my weight through them and still practice many of their ideas. One I truly love is the Three Bite Rule. When we crave something the first bite is really memorable. The second bite is almost as memorable as the first. The last bite savory and sums up the memory. Therefore all we need are three bites. Not diet is ever broken over three bites.

- Submitted by SPOOKYMH 10/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 9 Comments
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