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Chewing Gum

Sugar free chewing gum prevents mindless eating. Especially if mint flavored, I don't even like eating after chewing it!

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Post-Treat (/Cheat)

After having a slice of pizza, piece of cake etc., drink water slowly.

After-taste of the food triggers you to eat more. Water, on the other hand, removes the lingering taste to avoid further consumption - at least for me!

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Foresight

After having my breakfast (I do not tend to slip during breakfast) I track what I have eaten and what I will eat for the remainder of my day.

Once everything is written down/entered into the app, it requires effort to change it. Just to avoid this, I ward off the urge to cheat most of the ti...

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For the ladies

For those of you, who suffer from severe PMS sugar cravings... Red/purple grape and almonds or dark chocolate (70%-85%) and green tea do the trick, Neither of these options are off-track as long as you watch the amount you eat.

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Getting that water

I fill up a 1.5 liter water bottle as soon as I get to my office. I place it by my computer and have a sip everytime I see it - almost like a drinking game.

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Weekly Pics

Take photos with the same outfit on a weekly basis. Seeing the progress is a major source of motivation!

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Realistic Workout Schedule

Be realistic when determining your workout schedule! When I first decided to exercise, I'd aim for 5 times/week. However, with a busy schedule, I'd usually miss 1 (sometimes 2). That would just make me feel unaccomplished and demotivated - even though I had worked out at least thrice that week!
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What makes you fat?

You should not only think about what makes you lose weight - instead, take your time to go over what made you gain all the weight in the first place.

"What" does not refer to obvious reasons like eating a lot or sitting the whole time. Go deeper for the core reasons. Do you eat a lot when you...

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Squats

Do 10 squats everytime you go to the bathroom. They do add up at the end of the day!

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The Inevitable Plateau

When you stop losing weight despite sticking to your regular routine that made you lose weight in the first place... Shock your body!! It can be having a little treat for lunch, or a completely new gym class, or changing your breakfast.

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