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45. Stop munching mindlessly.

Replace boredom eating with productive movement. Let's face it: If we ate only when we were hungry, we would probably be a heck of a lot leaner. Munching solely for entertainment purposes is going to anchor your weight on the bathroom scale for the rest of your life.

A better bet: Make a "To Do" list of activities to fill the void at both work and home. When the workday hits a lull, tackle the office filing, delete your old email, clean out the desk drawers, or re-organize your desk top. At home, clean closets, organize photo albums, rearrange rooms, or plan your next vacation to keep you out of the kitchen.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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