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“Even exercise fanatics have a tough time losing those last 20 pounds,” says Bob Greene, longtime personal trainer to Oprah Winfrey.

You already know that it’s absolutely critical to burn more calories than you consume.  But that’s not all. In addition to exercise, eating patterns also affect weight loss. You have to make peace with “feeling” the hunger. You know — that little gnawing feeling you get in your stomach late at night? That feeling actually means that your body is getting ready to “eat the fat.” When you give in to that craving you are effectively “eating your results.”

“If you go into a calorie deficit, you’re going to be a little bit hungry,” says Greene. “People need to learn how to accept that—and be okay with that slight discomfort.” How to ignore a growling stomach? Step away from the refrigerator—and find something else to occupy your mind that still makes you feel good.

Here are a few things I do when those hunger pangs hit:

  • Read a book or magazine
  • Journal
  • Take a bath
  • Work on a home project
  • Go for a walk
  • Sketch or color (I’ve recently discovered pastels, which are like crayons for grown ups).
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Drink water
  • Eat the largest apple you can find
  • And when all else fails—take a nap.

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Named one of the “Top 5 Trainers in Los Angeles" by Ranker.com, Sam Page is the owner of Sam Page Fitness (www.sampagefitness.com) and the force behind PeaceLoveLunges.com. He can quickly identify problem behaviors through motivational interviewing, and uses science, exercise physiology, and 10 years experience as a coach to produce red carpet results. 

A technology fanatic since his time at Apple, Sam was one of the first trainers to offer remote online guided training to people around the world using his app, PocketSAM. He continues to educate and inspire others with regular speaking engagements at wellness conferences across the country, and is a regular contributor to MensFitness.com, Passport, DNA, HIV Plus, and The Advocate. Sam is certified in Executive Protection, CPR/AED, and First Aid, and is active in the Buddhist, LGBT, and SMART Recovery communities in LA. In his free time, Sam enjoys documentaries, playing flag football, and hanging with his Yorkie, Max. He is founder of Athletes for Humanity.

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