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How to stay within calorie range daily

I make sure I have protein at every meal. Mornings it's 2 eggs plus lots of veggies in a fritatta. Lunch is a protein smoothie. I have an afternoon snack that's just fun--under 200 calories. Then dinner I have a lot of calories left (500-700).

- Submitted by NEW_ME_2014 4/1/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Is it worth the calories?

When I want a cookie, or ice cream or come other sweet that will knock me off track, I look at the nutritional info. Usually its something crazy high for such a small amount and I remind myself that for that many calories I could find something way healthier. If I REALLY must have it, then I work around it.

- Submitted by CALLMESHOP 7/15/2013 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Love Soda?

I used to drink a lot of soda, but I'm not as tempted since I bought my Sodastream machine! I bought the Crystal Light Lemonade syrup for it and it gives my all the delicious fizzy goodness for only 5-10 cals a glass. An average glass of soda is over 100!

They make so many different flavours, and all syrups are less than half the cals of soda.

- Submitted by HAYLEYB19 5/8/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Stairs

I work on the eleventh floor. I typically walk downstairs to lower floors when I have to use the restroom, usually to floor 7 or 8, and I walk back up most of the time. I take the long route everwhere in the building I have to go. That's a great way to get in extra steps. People think I'm weird for doing so, but they don't appreciate healthy living the way I do. I love it.

- Submitted by WILLBOYWONDER 3/13/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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eat different things and # of calories

Always mix up your calories each day, For example it is easy for people to get used to eating the same breakfast every day because it has a particular number of calories. The problem is, you get board with it and your body adjusts to it so eventually you stop loosing weight. Mixing it up every day keeps your body from adjusting to the same foods and number of calories per meal each day.

- Submitted by HANNAHLAH11 3/2/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Make your "meat dish" mostly veggies

I have a hard time eating veggies, but I've found that many meat dishes can be "cut" with them! Tuna salad, ground beef, even burgers. When you make them, put in more cut up veggies, like celery. The veggies tend to take on the flavor of the spices you are cooking your met in! You save calories and fat by cutting down on the meat, but you don't sacrifice the flavor at all. One "meat dish" serving can then also include a full serving of veggies!

- Submitted by REYNINGSUNSHINE 2/8/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Path of MOST Resistance

Everyone has those days when we just don't feel like lifting a finger, much less going to the gym or doing a full workout. I've found that on those days, a 10 minute session with my resistance band keeps my metabolism churning and calories burning!

- Submitted by KWANLEEONE 1/2/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Every Bit Counts

Move around. Bounce your feet, wiggle your fingers, every little calorie counts towards your weight loss. Even things like playing a musical instrument burns calories. All these little things all add up!

- Submitted by ROSIEPOSIE15 11/27/2012 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Log your meals BEFORE you eat them

When you are planning your next meal, try logging it first. It will let you see exactly how many calories and nutrients you are about to eat, and how it will impact your ability to reach your goals for that day. If you don't like what you see, you still have time to adjust!

- Submitted by SARAH06810 8/22/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Become a leader

I became a certified group fitness/aerobic instructor.

- Submitted by BEFITWALKING 1/6/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Easy Interval Training

I made a mix of music that helps with putting intervals in my walk. I pick music that I like with the pace in mind. I start out with a couple of songs that have a beat that matches my warm up speed, then up the pace a bit until I'm at my target walking speed. For the rest of the workout, I vary the pace from song to song and by matching my pace to the beat, instant intervals! When I get tired of the selection, I just make a different mix. Works for walking, running biking etc. Enjoy!

- Submitted by LARRYHARWOOD 8/30/2011 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Don't go nuts over nuts

Walnuts and almonds are satisfying to munch on, but don't eat them too much. A sandwich bag of homeade trailmix can set you back over a 1000 calories in a day.

- Submitted by NETBUZ10101 7/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Take time while shopping to look at lables...

I just started looking at nutrition lables and comparing them. It is amazing how two products that are so much alike can be completely different with it comes to calories and fats.

- Submitted by MUSICAL_LADY 6/23/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Southwest Enchilada Black Bean Dip-Fritos brand-actually looked at the label...

I'm a sucker for chips & dip!! Bought a can of Fritos Southwest Enchilada Black Bean Dip & didn't open it because I was sure it wouldn't be good for me, but then I looked at the label & a serving is just 30 calories and NO FAT!! Imagine my surprise!! Not everything Fritos makes is terrible for you. Had a serving of the dip with a serving of baked tortilla chips - a pretty good snack all-in-all!!

- Submitted by ERIKO1908 6/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Wear Workout Clothing While Cleaning!

If I get dressed in workout clothes to do housecleaning, I make more of an effort to expend energy as I scrub and vacuum and dust and stuff! The lycra and running shoes help convince me that I'm engaging in calorie-burning activities! :)

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 5/17/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Lose it without missing it

Cut back on that sandwich's calories without reducing taste and pleasure.
A ham sandwich can easily have 450 or more calories. Here's a way to eliminate a couple of hundred without even trying.

- Submitted by JREIDY 5/4/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Be a picky eater!

How do you get the most from 1200 calories per day? By choosing wisely. Fill your plate with vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains. It will be brimming with food and at the end of your meal, you will feel full and satisfied!

- Submitted by BEMORESTUBBORN 4/26/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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i can has pancakes and bacon?!?!?

cracker barrel. pancakes. bacon. you can have them and stay in your calorie fat and carb count easy peasy. i took my 8yo to cracker barrel for breakfast today because it's his spring break and i wanted to do something fun and the weather has been gray and ugly all week. the whole way there, i agonized about what i was going to eat. i've been doing SO good and i didn't want to ruin it. i typed "cracker barrel pancake" into my handy dandy spark people app on my phone. it said a pancake is 110...

- Submitted by GRETAFROMTHEHIP 3/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Calculating Calories to lose weight

To calculate how many calories to eat daily in order to lose 2-3 pounds a week use the following equation: Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 12 and subtract 1,000. (Note: If you calculate a number thatís less than 1,200 calories, follow the 1,200-calorie plan. Eating less than that, itís hard to meet your daily nutrition requirements.) Recalculate as you lose.


- Submitted by ASEXYWITCH 3/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Eat fruit instead of drinking juice

Most of us don't get enough fiber. Eat your fruit instead of drinking juice and you will benefit from the whole nutrition package. Choose fruit instead of a sugary dessert. And watch out for hidden fructose in juices!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 2/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Sweet treat with your coffee/tea

I crave something sweet on my break. For a while I was eating a 100-calorie bag of mini-cookies. But I found something better for me. I toast one slice (21 gr.) of Schwebels Smart Light whole wheat bread (35 calories) & top it with 1/2 serving (7 gr.) of Olivio Light (25 calories) & sprinkle it with cinnamon & Splenda (virtually no calories.) I save 40 calories over a tiny bag of cookies. As a bonus my snack contains whole grain, fiber & no sugar. Weigh your bread...(click title for more info)

- Submitted by STORMY724 2/7/2011 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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I LOVE THE MANUAL FOOD CALCULATOR

I LOVE (when i say love...I'm addicted!) the manual food calculator. I know that it would be easier to search all that is already entered, but by doing it manually I can see how much a serving is and plan for that, as well as just look under my favorites for the food i've eaten.

- Submitted by DIVAMORGAN83 2/1/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Just Play!

I always had walls around "exercise." It took me back to those humiliating days in grade school when I was the clumsy kid, last chosen.
I didn't have issues on the playground though. I could play on the bars, chase boys and play hide and seek.
If I get out there and just play, be it dance, act, chase the dog, ride a bike or swing on the swings, I CAN move my body and burn calories. It's just a paradigm shift. In my mind exercise is bad, but play is fun, So I choose to laugh and play.

- Submitted by BESTGRANDKIDS 1/27/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Study Habits

Instead of sitting around and studying, sit on an exercise bike or do some form of cardio that allows you to read while studying. Instead of sitting around and munching while studying, you'll burn calories. What's more, studies have proven exercise's ability to enhance learning and memory.

- Submitted by SWEETDRMS2NT 1/26/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Track your food BEFORE you eat

I like to track my food and portions before I eat. That way when I sit down to eat I know exactly how much I need to eat to stay in my calorie budget. I eat slower and savor the food and actually feel full even though I'm eating less than I used to!

- Submitted by CHRICHRI331 1/20/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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