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Weight Loss Tips from Women Who Work with Junk Food

Take Just a Bite

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"Tasting the product is the easiest way to slip off course," says Danielle Vilagie, co-founder of Wicked Good Cupcakes. But she reminds herself that "you only need to take a bite. The taste doesn't change halfway through the cupcake." Good weight loss advice for any dessert-lover—and a reason to share!

As for her co-founder (and mom!) Tracey Noonan, the trick to weight loss and fitness is thinking of exercise as an opportunity for fun rather than a chore. "Personally, I hate working out," she says. "So I find time for activities like playing with my dogs or kayaking."

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Build Activity Into Your Day

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Starting her day with a workout keeps Darcy Wade, the finance and operations manager at chocolate company Little Secrets, energized throughout the day, but she doesn't stop there. Instead of sitting all day, she uses a standing desk and a Fluidstance to build core strength, conducts brainstorming sessions over short hikes, and tries to walk around the office while on calls to get in extra steps. And after all that, she bikes home from work. (Inspired? Read how to Start Standing More at Work.)

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Maximize Your Snacks

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There's a big difference between mindlessly reaching into the office candy jar every time you walk by it and thoughtfully planning a snack that will make you feel better, not worse. "Mindful snacking in moderation has always been an important part of my diet," says Nicole Bernard Dawes, CEO and founder of Late July Snacks. She likes to pair the company's tortilla chips, which are full of satiating whole grains and chia, with salsa or hummus.

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Exercise in the Morning

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"My days are so crazy that I never know when they're going to end," says Dana Loia, CEO and founder of Dana's Bakery. "But the one thing I can control is getting up early to fit a workout in." (Find out how one woman Turned Herself into an Early Morning Exerciser.) She loves surfing and snowboarding, but when she can't hit the slopes or waves, she checks out boutique classes like SLT and Barry's Bootcamp.

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Find a Buddy

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Sisters and Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne, co-founders of Georgetown Cupcakes, tackled their weight gain together, by walking and balancing their diets (they still ate cupcakes!) "Having a buddy who can be your support system through this journey makes a huge difference," Katherine told us last month. Read more Weight Loss Tips from the Bakery Owners and Stars of DC Cupcakes.

Photo: Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne

Allow for Splurges

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If your food foundation is a healthy one, you can allow for some small treats, says Debra Music, chief marketing officer at Theo Chocolate. That's why she keeps her meals nutrient-dense, with plenty of lean proteins and organic vegetables, nuts, and dairy. This way, she can enjoy what she loves (chocolate!). "Enjoying food is one of the great sensual pleasures we have as humans," she says. "So don't judge yourself if you overeat. Just press reset and move in the direction you want to go."

Photo: Debra Music

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