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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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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 | 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 | 45 Comments

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How to beat eating in the evening

I do well all day long with keeping my meals on track, but evenings are a challenge. I've learned if I make some hot tea (herbal or different flavors) and sip it while keeping my hands busy with some type of craft (I love to knit), it really helps me not snack all evening and "blow " my efforts for the day.

- Submitted by MOPPY1954 8/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Living by the 80/20

Eat healthy 80% of the time so you can cheat a little 20%

- Submitted by AIDEN_AVAH2011 5/7/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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DRINKING WATER

I have discovered that if I drink a tall glass of water before my meal, that it causes my stomach to be full quicker, therefore less calories are eaten, and as soon as I feel full I stop eating. I just push the plate away. emoticon

- Submitted by LOVESWEETS2 6/5/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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This Works!

I have been keeping fit primarily with weights for 27 yrs now, and have provided personal training to many people over the past 20 yrs. I can tell you with confidence that in my experience, counting water and calories works!

- Submitted by GRUELMASTER 5/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Cheat day!

I usually find that if I try to cut out every food I love when im dieting, I usually give in and give up on dieting. So I now give myself a cheat day on Sunday to have some of the treats that I would love to be eating all week. So on tuesday when I am craving that piece of Pizza or want that cookie, I just tell myself to wait till Cheat Day Sunday and then I can have it. Usually by Sunday I dont even want it anymore! It works for me!!! emoticon

- Submitted by SPEERJES 12/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 9 Comments

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Stay Busy

Stay busy when you are alone. I've found that when I'm at home, alone, I eat out of boredom. Staying busy keeps me out of the frig, and on goal.

- Submitted by MANDERSON19 11/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Weekends Aren't Free

Be careful about giving yourself weekends off your plan. It only takes a couple of days to undo the progress you've made all week. Find small ways to give yourself treats on the weekends, but don't completely abandon your healthy eating habits. You'll only delay your progress.

- Submitted by MUTANTQUEEN 9/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments

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Lag Time

On the scale, allow for lag time.....sometimes if you are faithful to your nutrition & fitness, it may take some days for loss to show up on scale. Do not get discouraged and pig out. Vice versa can happen too. If you overeat or stop exercise, it may have a lag time til the bad new shows up,

- Submitted by EGRAMMY 8/1/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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