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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:40 pm

Over the last couple of days I've been receiving weight loss tips via email. I thought I would post some of the good ones to share with everyone else.

1) Smart Starters:

Starting your meal with a small, healthy salad of dark greens, colourful veggies, and low-calorie dressing is a quick way to get some added vitamins while also taking the edge off your hunger.
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:41 pm

2)Foods that Boost your mood:

Many of us crave carbohydrate-rich food like pastas, pastry, potatoes, or candy when we're feeling blue. The good news is that doctors believe carbohydrates elevate brain levels of tryptophan and serotonin, which can improve your mood and relieve irritability. The bad news is these same foods can make us feel drowsy and sluggish! So if you're looking for some mood-boosting foods, look for ingredients rich in omega-3 oils and protein.
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:41 pm

3) Focus on your Food

Taking time to enjoy a meal can often seem like a major inconvenience. An excellent way to moderate how much you eat is to slow down, relax, and focus on your food. If you're eating while you're driving in your car or while you're working on your computer, you're rushing through the process and potentially overeating. It takes 20 minutes for the body to start really digesting food, so take your time and enjoy your meal!
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:42 pm

4) Crunchy Snacks:

Ever get the urge to snack on something crunchy while watching a movie or working at your desk? It might be part reflex and part hunger, but there's also something really satisfying about the act of chewing. Instead of reaching for chips or other high-calorie, high-fat snacks, try 2 cups of air-popped popcorn, 3 rice cakes, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cereal, or raw vegetables. You'll get the crunch you need without the calories!
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:43 pm

5) Going for the Great Greens

All salads aren't created equal. When you decide to toss yourself a bowl of greens, go for darker varieties for higher nutrient content. Pale iceberg lettuce is mostly just water, but romaine lettuce, watercress, and arugula provide better sources of fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene for about the same calories. Raw baby spinach, with 20 calories and 5 grams of fiber in 1 1/2 cups, is a smart choice, too!
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:43 pm

6) Baking for weight loss

Chances are, if you remove all the butter and oil from baked goods, what's left won't be all that tasty. But we've found some delicious ideas for lowering fat and calories in your favourite baking recipes. Try using only a quarter of the butter or oil a recipe calls for, and replace the rest with applesauce, apple butter, crushed pineapple, or prune filling to keep your breads and cakes moist. Not only are these alternatives healthier, but they add a whole new dimension to your favourite desserts and breads.
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:44 pm

7 The Real Deal on Fat:

If you're looking to lose weight gradually and keep your arteries running smoothly, a good guideline is to limit your fat intake to about 20 to 30 percent of your overall calories. For instance, if you eat around 1,500 calories per day, you'll want to eat no more than 33 to 50 grams of fat. That's not a lot -- a large order of fries contains more than half of your daily allowance. So skip the fries and other fatty foods because it's good for your waist -- and for your heart!
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Postby milkyway » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:58 pm

Thanks, Jen. Good tips :)
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:07 pm

theyre really good tips jen, if you get anymore please let us know
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Postby Ses » Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:29 pm

pappadams coooked in the microwave give a good lo-cal crunch too! Only takes 20s on high to cook 4-6.....
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Postby KarinAnn » Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:44 pm

Thanks for sharing :)
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Postby Niglet » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:10 am

So this means I don't have to give up baking? Awesome!
I believe in the madness called "now".


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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:54 pm

Counting Coffee

Sipping a nice hot cup of coffee is the way most of us like to start our mornings, but it may not be the healthiest way. Sure, java tastes great and provides a shot of quick energy. But when you add cream and sugar, one cup of coffee can have as much as 74 calories! Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect and can rob your body of much-needed calcium. Flavored herbal tea, on the other hand, doesn't have caffeine, doesn't need milk or sugar, and only has 1 calorie. Now that's a healthier choice, especially if you're hooked on more than one cup of coffee a day![/u]
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:55 pm

Why Chocolate doesn't work

You absolutely, positively, must have that chocolate today?

Will it really make you feel better? Ask yourself why you want it. If the answer is boredom, tiredness or stress, then understand that chocolate will not cure any of those issues. Make yourself a hot chocolate with water and skim milk to satisfy the cravings.
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:56 pm

It's all in the mind

Stay motivated by thinking positively.

Find an affirmation that works for you and repeat it daily. For example ‘I am a naturally thin person’, or ‘every positive step I take gets me closer to my goal’, or ‘I am losing weight!’
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