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Trying to reduce your caloric intake? Get your calories from solid foods rather than from beverages. Eat a healthy snack with water, rather than with that venti frappuccino.

Whether you are trying to lose weight or gain it, trying to eat healthier or exercise more, tracking is extremely beneficial. Keep track of how much you've lost/gained/eaten/exercised, whatever it is that motivates you. This will also give you an idea of the habits and exercises that help you to or keep you from achieving your goals.

Restaurant and packaged items tend to have larger portions that generally contain more calories, sodium and fat than home-cooked meals. By cooking your own meals you can control both what's in the meal and the portion size.

Drinking water is not only important to stay healthy but also important if you're trying to lose weight. Dehydration can slow your metabolism causing you to burn about 45 calories less everyday.

If you're feeling wiped out in the late afternoon, rather than grab a cup of coffee, have a cup of yogurt. The protein, carbohydrates, fat and vital nutrients in a serving of yogurt will leave you feeling revitalized in a way that coffee can't.

Frozen vegetables often have greater nutritional value than store bought fresh ones; food suppliers typically freeze veggies just a few hours after harvest, locking in nutrients.

Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Many of those that struggle with overeating at night are those who skip meals or don't eat balanced meals during the day.

When trying to consume enough fruits and vegetables in a day, don't forget that vegetable soup and juices like V8 count towards that total.

When eating a meal, start by eating the low-calorie items first. By starting with salads and veggies, by the time you get to the meats and starches you'll be full enough to be content with smaller portions of these higher-calorie items.

A typical restaurant entree (not counting the bread, appetizer, beverage and dessert) has between 1000 and 2000 calories.

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