How to Organize Your Diet and Boost Weight Loss

Weight loss is challenging enough, but sometimes our scattered, disorganized approach can make it even harder. The more disorganized you are, the more likely you are to slip back into old habits - just because it requires less effort.

If this is often a struggle for you, take a look at the tips below for ideas on how to get and stay organized and increase your chances for weight loss success.
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Eating Healthy on a Budget: 3 Money-Saving Strategies

When you look at the cost of whole, healthy foods compared to cheap, processed foods, it can seem like eating healthy on a budget is nearly impossible. However, if you are willing to put in a little effort ahead of time, you can easily stick to your budget AND eat healthy. Below are three good ways to help you do that:
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Are You Really Hungry? 3 Ways to Unscramble the Signals

Have you ever been in one of those moods where you kept feeling hungry and you wanted to eat, but nothing really satisfied you? At times like this you may have found yourself "grazing" on several different types of food, but you couldn't quiet that nagging feeling in your gut that says, "Feed me".

At other times you may have been so ravenous that you were ready to eat the slipcover off the sofa.

It seems like we would know when we're actually hungry, but sometimes the signals can get crossed so we're not really sure. Below are a few simple steps you can take to figure out if you are REALLY hungry, not just bored or craving something else.
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The Secret Link Between Food and Success

When you want to achieve success, making one change at a time is a technique that brings results. You may be surprised to discover that one of the most beneficial changes you can make towards success is what you eat!

The type of food you eat has an impact on brain function and how you feel overall. For example, the guys over at Google eat sushi for lunch and they're always coming up with innovative ideas that make our lives easier!
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10 Important Reasons to Get Rid of Belly Fat

Belly fat has become very common sight to see in our modern-day, super-sized-meals world. While most of us are not exactly shooting for six pack abs, a flatter belly can go a long way to keeping you healthy. It's not just about looking good!

Here are ten important reasons to get rid of your belly fat for good:
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Portion Control - A 'Handy' Way to Size Up Your Portions

Portion control is one way to keep calories within your total daily calorie needs and avoid overeating. But obviously you don't want to cart around a measuring cup and spoons everywhere you go. So, what do you do? Check out this video for a 'handy' way of estimating portions. After you watch the video, check out 7 Things You Need to Know About Serving Sizes for even more tips. And look below the video for more info!
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How to Make Your Diet Wildly Exciting

Not many of us actually enjoy being on a diet. It can be annoying having to eliminate foods we enjoy eating and eat foods we really don't enjoy eating. Blah. Most of us would agree that the sacrifices are worth the payoff in the end, but knowing there is a payoff still doesn't make the process any more enjoyable.

What if you could take that "no pain, no gain" attitude and toss it right out the window? What if there was a way to actually ENJOY your diet?

There is one "ingredient" you can add to any diet that will immediately spice it up and make it more exciting: PASSION.

Feelings of passion make everything more exciting, right?

Here are four easy ways to make your diet passionate:
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Top 5 Healthy Dark Green Vegetables

Remember when your parents used to load your plate up with veggies and not let you have any dessert until you finished every last bit? They just might have been onto something with all those dark green vegetables.

Take a look at Popeye and his spinach. He would down a can and practically lift a car. Impressive wasn't it? Maybe the general idea isn't so far fetched.

Five of the healthiest dark green vegetables include broccoli, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard. These vegetables, identified by their dark green color, are rich in antioxidants and usually have large amounts of phytochemicals like Vitamin C.

Many foods tend to lose nutrients when cooked. The great thing about these dark green vegetables is that you can find them easily in your grocery store and they taste great with little or no cooking, leaving much of their nutrients intact.
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Why You Go For That Piece of Chocolate Cake

While diet and exercise are key to losing weight, there's one element I think is just as important -- yet people never seem to want to hear about it. Call it mind, call it motivation, call it self-awareness or mindfulness -- no matter what you call it, thinking isn't sexy in the weight loss world.

Taking control of your life by becoming aware of how your brain/mind works -- and aware of why you do the things you do -- can make losing weight and getting fit much less of a struggle.

The reason why people don't want to hear about this is because it's easier -- and safer -- to believe they're not losing weight for some other reason, like too many carbs or not knowing THE secret to weight loss.

But when you come right down it, the most likely reason why you go for that piece of chocolate cake is because you're being "mindless" and letting your baser instincts take control. The reason is all in your head, so to speak.
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3 Steps to Get Well and Stay Well -- and Have a Healthy Life

In order for the body to properly maintain itself and stay optimized for day to day living, it's important to have both a healthy body and mind. You can achieve glorious health by engaging in a diet that's nutritionally sound along with a positive mental attitude!

If you feel that you are lacking in one area or the other, you may want to change your diet, your exercise routine, or your overall mental attitude. Generally, such lifestyle changes don't happen overnight so be patient when looking for results. If you're trying to lose weight, remember that sometimes the body gets healthy on the inside first before you see results on the outside.

Here are three steps to get you on the right path to a healthy life:
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