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froggygurl8775
weight-loss tips
***DRINK DIET GREEN TEA (IT'S BEEN KNOWN TO BOOST METABOLISM)
***USE SPICES WITH FOOD. CAYENNE (RED) PEPPER, CINNAMON, HOT SAUCE...THE HOTTER THE SPICE, THE BETTER! HOT SPICES SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM.
***CHEW GUM IN BETWEEN MEALS. YOU'RE LESS LIKELY TO SNACK OUT OF BOREDOM WHEN YOUR MOUTH IS ALREADY BUSY.
***SWEETEN COFFEE, CEREAL, ETC. WITH SPLENDA. IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO SUGAR IN TASTE, WITHOUT THE CALORIES.
***INSTEAD OF BUTTER OR MARGARINE, USE "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER" SPRAY. IT'S 5 CALORIES PER SERVING.
***AVOID JUICE, KOOL-AID (UNLESS IT'S MADE WITH SPLENDA), AND SODA. IF YOU DO DRINK SODA, SWITCH TO DIET.
***AVOID ALCOHOL. IT'S EXTREMELY HIGH IN CALORIES. AND IT LOWERS YOUR INHIBITIONS, MAKING YOU MORE LIKELY TO BINGE. ALSO: BAR FOOD IS USUALLY UNBELIEVABLY HIGH IN FAT AND CALORIES.
***DON'T RESTRICT YOUR DAILY CALORIC INTAKE TO LESS THAN 1400 CALORIES A DAY. IF YOU DO, YOUR BODY WILL THINK IT'S STARVING AND IT WILL HANG ONTO EVERY CALORIE BY SLOWING DOWN YOUR METABOLISM.
***PARK AS FAR AWAY FROM BUILDINGS AS YOU CAN WHEN YOU PARK THE CAR IN THE LOT. THE LONGER YOU HAVE TO WALK TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION, THE BETTER.
***WALK EVERYWHERE YOU CAN. DRIVE ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE TO.
***INVEST IN A RECUMBENT BIKE. YOU CAN CYCLE WHILE YOU WATCH T.V. OR READ A BOOK.
***DRINK LOTS OF WATER. MANY TIMES, THIRST MASQUERADES AS HUNGER.
***PORTION YOUR FOOD. PUT WHAT YOU WANT ON A PLATE, INSTEAD OF EATING STRAIGHT OUT OF A BAG OR CONTAINER. IT'S TOO HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF HOW MUCH YOU'VE ALREADY EATEN OTHERWISE.
***TAKE A FIBER PILL A HALF HOUR BEFORE EVERY MEAL. FIBER HELPS YOU FEEL FULL FASTER AND LONGER. ALSO EAT FOODS RICH IN FIBER.
***AVOID SIMPLE CARBS (WHITE FLOUR, WHITE RICE, WHITE PASTA, WHITE BREAD, SUGAR). SIMPLE CARBS ARE BURNED BY YOUR BODY WITHIN THE HOUR, MAKING YOU FEEL HUNGRY SOON AFTER EATING. INSTEAD, EAT COMPLEX CARBS (WHOLE GRAIN AND WHEAT BREAD, WHEAT PASTA, WILD AND BROWN RICE, VEGETABLES).
***EAT PROTEIN (MEAT, NUTS, DAIRY). PROTEIN TAKES 6 TO 8 HRS. TO METABOLIZE, LEAVING YOU FEELING FULL MOST OF THE DAY.
***DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST! YOU WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO BINGE LATER IN THE DAY.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE BACK LABEL. TRANSFATS AND SATURATED FATS ARE BAD. UNSATURATED FATS ARE OKAY. ALSO: LOOK AT SERVING SIZES. YES, THAT BOX OF COOKIES SAYS 200 CALORIES...BUT THAT IS PER SERVING. IF THE SERVING SIZE SAYS 3 COOKIES, THEN IF YOU EAT 6 OF THEM YOU ARE TAKING IN 400 CALORIES. EVEN THINGS LIKE A BOTTLE OF SODA CAN TRICK YOU. A CAN OF SODA IS ONE SERVING, AROUND 120 CALORIES. YOU WOULD THINK A BOTTLE IS ALSO ONE SERVING. IT'S NOT. IT'S 2.5 SERVINGS. SO, THAT BOTTLE OF MT. DEW WILL END UP COSTING YOU 300 CALORIES.
***THE LOWER THE CALORIC CONTENT OF YOUR FOOD, THE MORE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EAT. IF YOU EAT AN AVERAGE SIZE MUFFIN, YOU TAKE IN ABOUT 400 CALORIES...AND IT WONT KEEP YOU FULL FOR VERY LONG. FOR 400 CALORIES, YOU CAN HAVE SEVERAL LIGHT BOLOGNA SANDWICHES ON WHEAT (JUST AN EXAMPLE), KEEPING YOU FULL A LOT LONGER AND, AT THE SAME TIME, IS A LOT HEALTHIER A CHOICE.
***IDEALLY, YOU SHOULD HAVE 3 MEALS A DAY AT 400 CALORIES AND 2 SNACKS IN BETWEEN AT 200 CALORIES. BUY SINGLE-SERVING T.V. DINNERS LIKE WEIGHT WATCHERS OR LEAN CUISINE. BUDGET GOURMET IS A LESS-EXPENSIVE CHOICE. THESE ARE PERFECTLY PORTIONED MEALS. SOME GOOD CHOICES FOR SNACKS WOULD BE LIGHT YOGURT, STRING CHEESE, OR TRAIL MIX BARS.
***ONE POUND ON YOU = 3500 CALORIES. WHAT THIS MEANS IS, THAT YOU HAVE TO BURN OFF 3500 CALORIES BEFORE YOU LOSE ONE POUND. I KNOW, IT'S FRUSTRATING. IF THE AVERAGE PERSON NEEDS 2000 CALORIES A DAY, AND YOU CUT DOWN YOUR INTAKE TO 1600 CALORIES A DAY, IT WILL TAKE YOU 17.5 DAYS TO LOSE A POUND. IF YOU TAKE IN 1400 CALORIES A DAY, YOU WILL LOSE A POUND EVERY 8.75 DAYS. THIS IS NOT AN EXACT ESTIMATE, AS EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT.
***ONE NIGHT A WEEK (I LIKE SATURDAY), EAT WHAT FOODS YOU LIKE: SOME ICE CREAM, PIZZA, JUST DON'T GO OVERBOARD ON THE PORTION SIZE. IF YOU DO HAPPEN TO BINGE, DO NOT PANIC. AND DO NOT THROW YOUR DIET OUT THE WINDOW. ALL IS NOT LOST. START NEW TOMORROW. TOTALLY DEPRIVING YOURSELF OF THE FOODS YOU LOVE WILL MAKE YOU LESS LIKELY TO STICK TO A DIET.

these are a few things i have learned through the years, and have used successfully. i will add more as i remember.

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