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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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Workout more, eat more, workout less, eat less!

I work out a good sweaty hard hour every day. If I decide to do more, I must up my calories. My body lets me know when it needs more fuel. But its common sense if you have a restful day, you should eat at the bottom of your calorie range. If you go hard, get up to the top of your range.

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2nd Portions

After 1 serving of a meal, I drink a glass of water and wait the 20 minutes before allowing myself to get more, even if I still feel hungry. Usually once the time is up I realize that I actually don't want the food.

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Weight

I do not weight myself but once a month.

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stress eating at work

Instead of keeping sweets and snacks around for stress eating at work, simply take fruits and veges to nibble on. If the sweets and fats aren't handy, you likely won't go looking for them if a bag of carrots is right there on your desk.

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Support

It is always good to have some type of accountability partner. Rather if it is just to call someone and tell them what you have done positive in your healthy lifestyle choice or someone who can be accountable to you as well!

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No calorie lemonade

Add lemon juice and Truvia to water.

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How much did I eat anyway?

once every few weeks actually measure your food for a couple of days just to make sure you don't lose your perspective on what a portion really looks like!

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never finished

Don't let yourself slip into thinking you're 'done' once you've reached your goal weight. This event lasts the rest of your life! But that's ok...you can do it. You've got this!

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Use QuickLinks: Think quantity

Review nutrition tracker and sparkpeople articles that describe "portion" size

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Keeping the weight down

I reached my first goal of 145 last summer. I have managed to maintain within 4-5 pounds since then. My secret is: I step on the scale every morning to make sure I am not letting the weight slip up on me. If it looks like I'm gaining, I can refocus on my food and exercise.

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