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Weight Maintenance Secrets

The best tips and advice for life after weight loss. If you do not have a weight-loss goal, how do you maintain a healthy weight?

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Birds of a Feather

Surround yourself with people that are like-minded. It will help you have others that can relate to you. Sparkpeople groups are a great place to start. If you see other people like you doing it, you will realize you can do it to.

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THAT IS WHERE I AM

I AM MAINTAING MY WEIGH RIGHT HERE WHERE I AM NOW FOR 2 YEARS NOW.
BUT WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS KEEP TRACING FOOD EVERYDAY AND EXERCISE LOOK BACK AT WHAT YOU ATE TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING RIGHT OR WRONG.
DONOT GET COMFORTABLE AND THINK I CAN EAT WHAT EVER I WANT BECAUSE IT IS NOT SO.

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RECOGNIZING CHANGE

Weight maintenance is easy once you realize that you changed your eating and lifestyle habits which changed your body weight. Most assuredly, you must never deviate from changing the former to maintain the latter.

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Keep on tracking!

Once you have reached your maintenance weight, continue to use the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers here on SparkPeople. It will not only give you some "accountability" but it will let you see exactly when and how far you have slipped off course!

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Think Positive!

No more "gee, I hope I can," or "wish me luck."

It has to be "for the rest of my life" kind of thinking. You have to believe that you are going to make it happen and will never be overweight again.

If you can't commit to yourself, how can you possibly succeed?

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Measuring Cups

Thank goodness for Dollar Stores and Garage sales. I pick up cups and put the appropriate serving size in my frequently used items so I just have to grab and scoop. I also use them to pre measure in baggies and keep them in a plastic shoe box and save on 100 calorie snack packs

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Food

Keep tracking your food even when you reach your goal.

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Portion Control Check

Once in a while, I break out the good old measuring cups and the food scale to do a check of how my portions are weighing up to what I THINK I'm actually doing. It's surprising how some things measure up! Combat portion distortion by doing this once in a while just to keep it real!

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being honest

Filling in my foodlog, my husband said, "What good is that if you lie about what you eat?"
I told him "Exactly, why bother if you're not honest."
When filling out your foodlog, be honest. It's most hepful if you are honest with yourself.
You gotta love yourself so you can help yourself ;^)

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Snack without guilt

Keep the right kind of snacks available (in the car, office, house) and then use them to help curb excessive hunger, especially if your schedule delays a regular meal time or if you are going someplace where there is food to tempt you (i.e. grocery store, work meeting, break room, receptions).

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