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Posted  Sunday, December 8  2013 at  02:00
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Forget supplements and surgery – make small, simple changes to your diet and daily routine to lose weight. Start shedding unwanted pounds today with the best tried-and-true advice for lasting weight loss.

Automate your meals
Automate your eating by planning your meals ahead of time. That way you’re less likely to make an unhealthy last-minute food choice.

Eat oatmeal
Oats are your friends! Eating a cup of oatmeal in the morning will prevent you from gorging in the afternoon.

Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals can cause your body to go into a fat-storing starvation mode, making it harder to burn calories.

Snack on nuts
Got nuts with nuts. Eating a handful of nuts will help you stay full. Try soaking them in water for a different texture.

Start meditating
Use meditation to help you cope with chronic stress, which can lead you to crave feel-good carbs.

Cook But Don’t Fry
You may be used to fried foods but there are other, sometimes healthier, ways to cook including: roasting, steaming, poaching, baking, braising and broiling.

Stay hydrated
Do not confuse thirst with hunger. Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if that’s what you’re really craving.

Resist Restaurant
Temptation
When out at a restaurant, ask the server to hold the bread, snack mix or chips and salsa that might come before the meal. If you’re hungry, you’ll be tempted.

Emergency Snack-Packs
Create emergency packs filled with healthy foods such as nuts, fruits or sliced vegetables to help you avoid unhealthy temptations.
Slow Down
Odds are you’re eating too fast. Try holding a conversation while having a meal so you’re not gulping down more than you need to feel full.
Walk before meals
Odds are you’re eating too fast. Try holding a conversation while having a meal so you’re not gulping down more than you need to feel full.

Small Plates
Are your dishes too big? A healthy dinner should fit on a 9-inch plate. You may find that kid-sized plates are more appropriately sized to feed an adult!
Avoid Packaged Snack Foods
Never eat any snack food out of the box, carton or bag it came in. You’re less likely to overeat if you separate snacks into appropriate fist-sized servings.

POWER UP WITH A SMOOTHIE
Banana, mango and pineapple power smoothie.

Ingredients
Flesh of 1 ripe mango, chopped
½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 small banana or ½ large banana, chopped
Juice of ½-1 lime (according to taste)
150ml skimmed milk
8 ice cubes

Method
1. Crush the ice cubes in the blender and then add the rest of the ingredients.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more cold milk.