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How to Lose Weight Naturally

1. Listen to your body. Relax and stop eating when you feel satisfied.

2. Eat smaller portions. In time, you will become full eating less food. This is good and will help you to become smaller. Remember eating large portions will make you larger.

3. Avoid high calorie drinks.

4. Drink plenty of water. You can make water taste better by adding lemon, honey, a small amount of sugar, crystal light, etc.

5. Avoid foods with a high fat content. Make this a life long habit, and you will be thin for life.

6. Try eating foods that are low in carbohydrates. This is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and have more energy. We have an excellent low carb site here at bellaonline. If you would like to read more about how people are realistically losing weight, visit http://lowcarb.bellaonline.com/Site.asp

7. Ask yourself what am I feeling? What do I need to do for me right now to feel better? If you pay attention to how you really feel, and are true to yourself you will realize that food is not what you want after all.

8. Learn to take care of how you feel on the inside. Comfort yourself when you need care. Rest and sleep when you are tired. Eating food is only one way that you can help yourself to feel better. There are many other ways to find comfort.

9. Exercise every day. Choose an activity that you enjoy and include it into your daily routine. The exercise does not have to be hard, it can be easy and gentle to your body. A great exercise is swimming. The water is beautiful at this time of year and can help you to achieve your fitness goals and feel great. Exercise helps your metabolism to work properly in the process of burning fat both during and after activity. It also improves mental health and well being.

10. Include green vegetables or fruit into every meal. Fruits and vegetables help the body to heal, as well as become healthy and thin.

11. Set mental goals to lose weight. Choose an article of clothing, for example a pair of jeans that you really love. Think of how good you will look and feel when you finally can wear them. Use this as a reminder of your weight loss goals. Be sure to pick easy goals, baby steps that will help you to feel good and positive about weight loss.

12. Visualize yourself thin. This can be very powerful and motivating. Think back to a time when you were thinner. Recall all the good feelings you felt at that time in your life. Remind yourself daily with positive affirmations that you will lose the weight, one day at a time. Your mind believes what you program into it.

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