Little things that add up to make a difference..

This has been said millions of times already but that because it IS that important and it does really help. Do NOT skip your breakfast. It kick starts you metabolism and helps curb cravings throughout the day.

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2 very important words: Portion control. Instead of 3 large meals, have 6 smaller ones. It will prevent overeating and excessive snacking. This way you can still eat things you like but in smaller quantities.

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We all know we should exercise, however if you hate going to the gym, pick a friend to walk with. Go to a dance aerobics class. Find an activity you enjoy and it will not be such a tough thing to do. Start slow. Maybe a couple of days a week and go up to what you are comfortable with.

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Always set a time to work out and stick to it. If you decide to work out "some time during the day" it will never happen.

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Stop eating at least 2 - 3 hours before bedtime. Make your last meal of the day a light one.

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Beware of the 5pm hunger monster. That's the hardest one to deal with and extremely easy to stuff yourself with junk when it  hits. The best way is to have your dinner between 5 - 6pm (preferably your last carbohydrate meal), followed by a light snack at 7 - 7:30pm. The light snack could be a light soup, salad, eggs, tofu, cheese, dry fruits or a soy milk smoothie or a protein shake.

Use smaller serving utensils. Since our mind always craves seconds whether we need it or not, smaller plates/bowls allow you to exercise portion control in an easier way

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Cut down (or eliminate if possible) on sugar, white rice, refined flour and other highly starchy foods.

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Fat-free does not mean calorie free! Eating indiscriminate amounts of fat-free foods will not satisfy the food craving AND you will end you putting on more weight. Eat smaller portions of the real thing. That will help satisfy your craving with doing any damage.

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Don't go hungry for long periods of time. Carry a mix of healthy nuts such as walnuts, almonds, raisins in small zipped bags or small boxes in your purse or car. Have a quick snack on the go so you never have to be hungry.!

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And finally, take one day off every week. No workouts, eat things you like, indulge (though in moderation :)). It's healthy "living" not healthy existing!