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It takes sweat, hard work, and diet to lose weight and maintain it. It's a learning experience and a life change. If you don't change the habits that made you gain weight, then you'll gain it again.
Invest in a few small tupperware containers (I like 1 cup and 1/2 cup sizes) and portion out crackers, dried fruit, nuts, ect when you first get home from the store. Then it is easy to grab a snack on the way out the door! And if you eat them at home, it's easy to keep track of portions.
To Maintain Weight - Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 12
I have a problem with temptation, so I prepare myself daily that I will NOT eat bad food options (i.e. stop for a soda or something to eat from fast food). This way, I am prepared to drive right past and not stop!
If you find yourself consuming too many calories in the evening by snacking, don't try to just stop snacking completely. Form a game plan. Think of something sensible that is also a treat and save it to eat before bedtime. Soon you will find that you have broken that cycle of snacking!
I figure out what fills me up and fuels my body to get through my day and workouts. Then I am not tempted to eat junk food as I am not hungry and my body is not craving anything.
I look at inches lost, my doctor's positive feedback, increased energy and endurance levels, firmer/toned body AND I go by how my clothes fit. I buy smaller size clothing and try them on often. As the clothes start to fit, this motivates me to continue my workouts and healthy eating.