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High Carbs & High Protein Combo for Breakfast

Whenever I eat a breakfast with high carbs (20g+) AND high protein (15g+), it's much easier for me to stay in calorie range. I know that the idea of high carbs so early in the day can sound scary, but as a member of SP for almost four years, I can assure you that this combined with protein will shut...

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END Chocolate Cravings With This Low-Calorie Fix

For intense chocolate urges, buy UNSWEETENED hot cocoa. Store brands such as Nestle or Swiss Miss = too weak/processed. Splurge for a high-quality brand: Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa is a lifesaver.

Add a dairy/non-dairy component and sweetener. Anything from Coffee-Mate to skim milk to milk...

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Use 100-Calorie Ziplock Snack Bags for a Quick Snack!

I prefer the 100-Calorie Ziplock Snack Bags because they promote portion control. I love to fill the bags with cereal! I buy Kashi GOLEAN (14.1 oz) and Peanut Butter Captain Crunch (15 oz). AS SOON as I get home, I mix the dry cereals together, and portion them in the 100-Calorie Ziplock Bags. It us...

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The Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavor Variety Pack Controls Hunger!

I started buying the Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavor Variety Pack months ago, and I'm still amazed at how much it fills me up! I usually prepare two packets at a time with water and a tsp of vanilla extract. It comes in three flavors: Apple & Cinnamon, Maple & Brown Sugar and Cinnamon & Spice. With 17...

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Tea Time...All the Time! (or Just Sometimes if You Want)

When I get the urge to emotionally eat, I make a big mug of tea with 2 packets of Splenda. 5 REASONS WHY IT WORKS! 1) It warms you up, which is great for the cooler weather; 2) It's an easy way to up your water intake if you get bored with plain water; 3) Good alternative to caffeine-laden coffee; 4...

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Weight Loss Should ONLY Be Done on YOUR Terms!

If you truly HATE a workout after a month, ditch it and find something new. If you hate eating a healthy food, find something better. Don't force yourself to do something that aggravates you for the sake of weight loss! Do your research and I promise that you will find an effective eating and exerci...

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Weight Loss Should ONLY Be Done on YOUR Terms!

If you truly HATE a workout after a month, ditch it and find something new. If you hate eating a healthy food, find something better. Don't force yourself to do something that aggravates you for the sake of weight loss! Do your research and I promise that you will find an effective eating and exerci...

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Eat Half, Supplement With Veggies, Save the Rest

When my mom cooks dinner, the portions are usually a little too much for me. So, instead of two pieces of chicken, I eat one. Then, I split the rice serving in half, steam veggies and throw them on the plate. I can eat the rest later!

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