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My Top Weight Loss Tips

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Updated February 15, 2014

You've heard many times that the best way to lose weight is to make changes you can stick to. For me, that has come down to a few changes that have made a big difference. These are my top weight loss tips!

 

  • Downing diet soda. I was a guzzler. It was not unusual for me to gulp down three or four glasses of soda at one sitting. Once I decided to add up how many calories those sodas amounted to. Can you believe I was drinking more than 2000 calories a day just in soda?

    After years of swearing that I would never drink diet sodas, I switched. I couldn't stand diet sodas at first, but the more I drank them, I got used to them, and now I actually prefer some diet sodas to their high-calorie counterparts.

  • Exercising when I don't want to. Sometimes I can list a dozen things I could be doing instead of exercising. It's hard not to give in: "Well, I really do need to reorganize my closet."

    The only thing that gets me to exercise when I don't want to is to think about how I will feel afterwards, knowing deep down that I have done something that is far more beneficial than arranging my clothes by color.

  • There are also two other tricks I use to "force" myself to exercise. One is to focus on the benefits besides weight maintenance.

    For example, when I walk on my lunch break, I remind myself that it's to get fresh air after being stuck in the office for hours and to get moving after being seated in front of my computer for a half a day. I know that it's good for my mental health and emotional well-being.

  • Another way I get myself to just do it is to go ahead and change into my exercise clothes, even if I think I don't feel like exercising. Most of the time, it works; sometimes I'll end up watching TV. (Subconsciously, I think I believe that channel surfing can be considered an aerobic activity if I do it wearing spandex!)

    But nine times out of 10, I feel obligated to finish what I started.

  • Cut your fat and calories in half by putting half of your meal in a container to take home. It cuts down on how much you are consuming in one sitting, and provides you with a meal to heat up for lunch the next day.

 

 

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