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    2. Understand Your Weight Loss Personality continued...

    Uptight. "If you are highly anxious, you will probably have more difficulty," Przybeck says. "Those who are anxious, nervous, and depressed might eat to feel better."

    Tenacious. Certain personalities don't find it that difficult losing weight. "If you are highly self-directed,cooperative, and have a lot of stick-to-it-ive-ness, you are going to have an easier time," Przybeck says.

    Sociable. Przybeck also found that if you tend to monitor your food intake better than others, you may be more sociable.

    3. Record Every Food Morsel You Eat, Taste, or Lick

    Underestimating just how much food you've eaten is a common mistake, one that can lead to a weight loss plateau or weight gain. Yet keeping a diary of your daily food intake (every bite, taste, or lick) can help you see where you're going wrong. Try these food diary tips:

    • Track the time of day and your feelings when you eat to discover problem times and emotions that cause you to binge eat.
    • Recognize your eating triggers and find healthier foods to satisfy your hunger or better alternatives than food to cope with your emotions.
    • Monitor your progress, track your new behaviors, and reward yourself with a manicure or movie for all your hard work.

    4. Beware of 'Calorie Creep'

    A key reason for a weight loss plateau is eating more than you think. It's easy for portion sizes to creep up, and before you know it, you end up eating more than your plan prescribes. That's why it's important to weigh and measure your food to understand proper portions. Try cutting your daily calorie intake by 100 or 200 to move beyond the weight loss plateau. Here's how:

    • Eat a high-fiber breakfast that will help reduce the quantity of food eaten at lunch.
    • Use mustard or low-fat mayonnaise on your sandwich instead of regular mayonnaise.
    • Have a piece of fresh fruit instead of cookies or chips.
    • Drink diet soda instead of regular soda.
    • Choose sherbet or sorbet over super-premium ice cream.
    • Use 2 tablespoons of light whipped butter or margarine instead of regular.
    • Top your favorite pasta with a red sauce instead of a cream sauce.
    • Eat a snack-sized chocolate bar instead of a whole candy bar. And choose heart-healthy dark chocolate.
    • Order your pizza with veggies instead of high-fat meat toppings.
    • Order your sandwich on whole-grain bread instead of a croissant or bagel.
    • Try an open-faced sandwich with only one slice of bread.

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