By Chuck Edwards

I try, more often than I would like to admit, to lose weight.  I’ve tried fad diets.  I’ve tried extreme exercise.  But it seems like whatever I try leads me to giving up sooner than I would have hoped.  While I get the weight off, a lot of time it goes right back on.  But I have found a few tips that make perfect sense, and I don’t know what I never thought this!

Thanks to Yahoo.com, these are some tips that can not only help you lose weight, but do it the right way!  It seems like there are hundreds of ways to lose weight, but most of them have you giving up and then gaining more than you lost!  Hopefully these will keep me on the right track!

1. Never get too hungry.– The more hungry you are when you eat, the more you will probably eat.  Try to eat more often, but just less!

2. Be honest about your daily calorie allowance. – Many people say they don’t want to be calorie counters because it makes them feel bad. But if you know what is going into your body, you might be more conscious on what you eat.

3. Use the red, orange and green rule. They say you should have something that is red, organ and green on your plate every meal.  Even if you do it every few meals, it forces you to eat a little more produce than you might normally eat.

4. Eat one less bite.- This can save you up to 75 calories a meal!  Doing this, you could lose 8 pounds a year!

5. Be a heavy drinker – If you drink at least one big glass of water before your meal, you will be more full, hopefully making you eat less!

6. Kick the salt habit – The average American consumes twice the amount of salt they should have each day, leading to weight gain, bloating, and the inability to lose stubborn pounds.

7. Spice up your food – Adding hot spices to your meals can help curb hunger, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition.

8. Don’t think diet soda will help you lose weight – Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University.

9. Take your time (My Biggest Problem) –  It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send a message to your brain that you have eaten enough and are satisfied. If you rush your meal and eat rapidly, your body’s satiety cues won’t be tuned in to those feelings of fullness yet and it’s easier to overeat.

10. Plate food away from where you’re eating – By keeping food within eyesight as you are eating, you may find yourself reaching for a second helping even if you really aren’t hungry. Place the food on the kitchen counter or stove, portion out a serving on your plate and then sit down at the table and eat. This way, if you want additional servings, you’ll have to get up, which helps you to be more mindful of what you are eating.

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