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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Refrigerated onions don't make your eyes water when you chop them!

Make sure your onions are nice and cold before you chop them up.

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When walking gets boring try this:

At 65 my go-to exercise is walking, as it is for many of us. In the "Walk this Way" challenge there are some suggestions for preventing boredom. Let's discuss a few and possibly add some more.

I have various routes measured out from a half mile to about five miles so depending on how far I ...

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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.

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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.

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Be Your Own Friend

Every time I am tempted to think or say something negative about myself, I wonder, "Would I say that to a friend in the same situation?"

If my friend complained about "looking fat" or berated herself for one slip up, I'd encourage her rather than join in. I'd never call her lazy or disgustin...

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

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Clean to get lean

Why do you need to clean over and over again it would be so nice if you could do it and have it remain that way... but it doesn't and is a seemingly never ending task so what can we do about it? Want to sit on the couch and watch tv? Why not pump up the music and the intensity to blast those chores ...

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Fidwits! I don't want Fidwits!

I have a name for foods that are empty calories or are not good for my health program -- Fidwits.

It stands for Foods I Don't Want To Eat, or FIDWTE. It's easier to say, 'Fidwit'. By naming them as something I DO NOT WANT, it makes it easier for me to pass them by.

Passing up s...

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TV Exercise Game

Even while watching TV you can get your muscles working:
car commercial: 10 push-ups
beauty commercial: 10 jumping jacks
food commercial: 10 sit-ups

etc. Make up your own and encourage your family to play, too. It's like a drinking game, but much better for you!

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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zig zag your calories

To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

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