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    Easy Weight Loss Tip
    cookiec1963 posted:
    Make half of every plate fruits or vegetables. Eat them first, drink a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. Then eat the rest of the meal. Always leaves me full with fewer calories and I've lost 30 pounds and maintained it for 5 years.
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    lucky555 responded:
    Hi, Thanks for the great advice! I am kinda scared about starting any kind of weight-loss program because I've lost weight and gained it back many times. I do work out 5 X a week, but I have a very difficult time keeping my sweet intake and portion control under control. Any suggestions?
    Congratulations on loosing 30 lbs. and maintaining it!!!
    Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to lucky555's response:
    Welcome lucky555!

    Don't be scared! We are all human and have lost and gained weight over time. We also all have strengths and weaknesses, so it is great to see that you can identify your own.

    I also have a sweet tooth, but find that when I don't use it for a few days the cravings actually disappear. I'm not sure if this works for others, but might be worth a try if you are willing to give up on sweets. Another idea is to mix healthy with sweet. Instead of grabbing a candy bar, try a banana and peanut butter or even some low fat pudding next time. WebMD's 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings may give you other ideas to think about as far as your sweet intake.

    As far as portion control goes, you must know what a healthy portion is! Many people try to control the amount of food that they are eating, but haven't a clue what downsizing truly means. Please check out the WebMD Portion Size Plate Tool to get a pictures and comparisons on healthy food portions.

    Please keep us posted and good luck!
    CIC4Fun replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Actually one thing I've found is helpful, is making little switches in my every day foods which greatly lower calories...they aren't too hard to find, and take no real change in getting use to.

    For example,

    Sugar = sweetner (lol, of course)
    Mayonaisse (@100 calories per tbsp) = low fat ranch dressing (@ 30 calories per 2 tbsp)
    Dips for chips or veggies (120 per tbsp) = homemade garlic dip* (@ 45 per 2 tbsp)
    Nacho chip and salsa = rice crackers & salsa
    Popcorn w butter? = popcorn with pam spray and cheese powder

    Everything I eat, I always try to figure out the lowest possible caloric value for took some time, but now, I prefer all these to the high value ones.

    Garlic dip is made of roasting garlic, smashing it and adding a bit of homemade stock and seasoning.
    SheilaJeanne responded:
    Going out for lunch today...I will use you advise. Thanks, SheilaJeanne
    landamemona responded:
    The Best diet plans weight loss should contain plenty of proteins, carbohydrates and a negligible amount of fat, though some people prefer to completely eliminate fat in their diets while trying to lose weight. A weight reduction diet should also contain good amounts of minerals and nutrients to ensure good health and vitality.

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