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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

- Submitted by FISHMOOMIN 10/6/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments
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Work with your body...not against it

I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.

- Submitted by AJHONDRNGAL 5/20/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 12 Comments
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More, not less

I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!

- Submitted by ALYSONL 4/14/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 29 Comments
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Just 5 minutes

When I don't feel like working out, I tell myself to workout for 5 minutes. I can do anything for 5 minutes, and I can certainly carve 5 minutes out of my day! If, after those 5 minutes, I don't want to continue, I stop. But, usually, once I get moving, I stay moving!

- Submitted by KB9906 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 30 Comments
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The 9-inch plate

The single best tip I ever found was to change to a 9-inch plate with 1/4 of the plate with a protein, 1/4 of the plate with a carb, and 1/2 of the plate filled with vegetables. I found that I could still eat the same foods as my family. I didn't feel deprived and to my surprise I wasn't hungry.

- Submitted by NANCYBFULLER 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Savory Soup and Stew Secret

When making stews, curry meat and soups, stir in a Frozen 10 ounce Block of Cooked Squash for unusual delicious taste, and fiber. It blends right in to beef, turkey, lamb, pork, and chicken Stews, Tomato based anything, Curries, and Soups. What a delicious difference for hardly any calories!

- Submitted by THEPEG1 10/14/2012 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Start small

I tell myself to go to the gym and just do at least 30 minutes of cardio--once I've done that, I often find myself doing some strength training or doing another 15 min. of cardio. Sometimes the hardest part of exercising is getting started!

- Submitted by GRIMMIE2 4/14/2010 in Exercise | 35 Comments
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