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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 | 45 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 | 87 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 | 137 Comments

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Don't give up in the middle of the day

Sometimes if I slip up by eating something I'm not supposed to (like cookies or candies), I throw away the rest of the day and think 'I'll just start again tomorrow' and end up overeating. Instead of this, look at the rest of the day as a new day,

- Submitted by WALKITOFF12 1/10/2015 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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Bites, Licks and Tastes Count!

It is so easy to forget about counting the Bites, Licks and Tastes...those little samples eaten unmindfully while cooking. To really be able to visualize what I'm doing, every so often I will take the food I would have sampled and placed it in a baggie that I refrigerate. I do this for a week, adding to the accumulation from the previous days. It is a real eye-opener and helps keep me aware of the "hidden calories" I've may have actually had. This is especially helpful during the holidays

- Submitted by JMPFEIFER47 12/3/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Shocking! Just have to Share...

I emptied a kitchen cabinet today...long overdue! Found an old set of dishes from the 1960's. The size of those dishes compared to today's everyday dishes...unbelievable! No wonder my portions seem so small when I measure....years ago, we didn't need to measure because the cups and plates and bowls were normal sized. Tomorrow I am removing my oversized plates, bowls & mugs and see if I can go back to eating normal portions naturally. Would love to know if anyone else has done this?
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 1/1/2014 in Weight Loss | 7 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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Wish I had one

NO secret just following my plan

- Submitted by ALIZAHH 8/24/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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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 | 2 Comments
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