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surprising tricks to lose weight

We all know it comes down to eating better and exercising more, but what little tricks have you developed that help you?

Some of my surprisingly helpful changes are:
-- Not reading in bed. If I don't stay up all night reading, then I have more energy for the next day, can exercise more, and have a better attitude.
-- Socks and long underwear. I get cold all the time. I realized that by wearing those thick guy-type socks, I stay warmer and snack less. I would go for a coffee or a muffin when really I was cold, not hungry.

What are your tricks?

Fri. Jan 20, 12:12pm

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When I feel like snacking, I drink water first, to stay hydrated and to see if instead of hungry, I was really just thirsty.

I snack on carrots, bananas, apples, and oranges instead of junk food.

Honestly recording what I eat here on peertrainer helps me think more about what it is I'm eating.

I avoid food with transfats (partially hydrogenated oils). Some nutritionists say that stuff should be banned, and it really isn't good for you... So that helps keep me away from a lot of things I'd otherwise snack on.

I try not to eat after 9 pm. I brush my teeth early some nights, so I'm less tempted to snack.

Friday, January 20, 2006, 1:00 PM

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I alot myself a certain number of calories for each meal (and none for snacking). If I know ahead of time that I'm going to want to eat more at a certain meal or go out somewhere where there will be food, I account for it by taking calories away from the other meals that they're alotted to. That way, I don't have "bad" days because I had a treat, and I don't have to feel guilty about those treats!

Friday, January 20, 2006, 2:50 PM

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Not only do I record my food here, but I plan my meals for a week and write my plan on a whiteboard on my fridge. Then I go shopping and only buy those items. It reduces waste and I have no excuse not to eat the healthy meals I've planned, especially since I have all the ingredients ready to go and they're just sitting in my fridge. Plus I don't buy anything else so if I really don't want what I have planned I have to eat cold cereal or go shopping.

Friday, January 20, 2006, 4:21 PM

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At work, I started stocking baby carrots & cut up broccoli in my mini fridge.

When hungry, I put some in a bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes-- it comes out still bright in color and cooked just enough to give you a firm, yet slightly giving texture... :-)

Tastes good, and I am not loading up on bad calories! :-) In the summertime, I especially LOVE zucchini... I used to take a whole one, cut it up into chunks and microwave them (with a little dash of butter and salt & pepper, although nowadays I would forgo the butter).... It's very yummy!

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 12:26 AM

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I also started eating home-made lunches vs. buying at work.... 2 things this will save: 1) Money (eating out is expensive! My hubby and I estimate that if we eat about $15 a day in lunches, that meanst about $300 a month we would spend! Instead of eating lunches out, we are buying ourselves a treadmill with the money we have saved!

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 12:28 AM

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hee hee... I only mentioned 1 of the 2 things I save by not eating luch out...
The 2nd is Calories, as I only stock a good bread and lunch meats, soup, etc... :-)

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 12:29 AM

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Vegetable soup is my major weight loss weapon - full of veggies, filling, satisfying, adds water. Just make it healty - not too much fat or salt.

Lots of herbal tea in the winter is also key for me.

Big bags of brocolli from Costco keep me eating veggies.

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 6:43 AM

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Reach for sour things when I crave sweets

I read or heard somewhere that when you have sweet cravings grab something sour.

So... I've got some great blueberry green tea that has a sour taste to it that I drink when I feel a sugar craving.

I also stick religiously to 1200 calories a day and remind myself that the weightloss is calories in vs. calories out. I want this BAD and no amount of snacking is worth sabbotoging my weight loss!

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 7:47 AM

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My "trick" is to get on the scale every single day. I always know where I stand, if I have to eat less that day or if I have the flexibility to eat a little more. It really works and I'm not the kind of person to get obsessive about the number, it's more of a check and balance.

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 8:17 AM

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what's the name of the blueberry green tea? Sounds interesting.

That sounds like a good strategy, but it reminds me of this trick my boss and his friends tried years ago -- when he was hungry, he would eat a jalapeno pepper out of a jar on his desk! I thought that was crazy. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 4:10 PM

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