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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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Be active five minutes after eating.

Be intentionally active after eating -- move quickly as you clean up after the meal, go outside for a brief walk, whatever you do, don't sit. 5 - 10 minutes after every meal really helps burn those calories.

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Safe Places for Trigger Foods

If you've eliminated foods while losing because you fear you can't stop eating, reintroduce them in a safe place. If chocolate pie is your favorite nemesis, have a piece at a restaurant. It is unlikely you will order a second one!

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Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Once after several years of maintenance I hit a hard patch and just gave up. I decided it was too hard. In no time I hit my all time high & it took a decade to get back to goal. Never give up. You don't have to be perfect to succeed, you just have to be determined. It is possible and you can do it!

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Eating Out While Not Breaking Your Rhythm

I find that eating out at a Chinese/Japanese Restaurant makes it easier to stay on task with calorie counting, as Japanese sushi rolls and sashimi are very high in omega 3 fatty acids and very low in calories! Enjoy! edamame are high in protein and fiber and also low in calories (soy beans)

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Weight Watcher Life Time Member

Lost over 25 pounds and have kept it off for over 2 years.
I work for them on a part time basis and it is encouraging for myself as well as others. Weight Watcher participants are allowed a certain amount of points, depending on weight.

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Step on the Scale

After a day that you overindulged, hop on that scale. It may not be pretty, but it gives yoyu an idea of where you are. It is much easier to lose 2-3 pounds recently added than it is to evict 10. Ignorance is not bliss.

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What my best breakfast of all times is:

Hi..my best breakfast that I love the most is making oatmeal and putting honey on it. That is soo good.

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healthy LIFEstyle journey mindset

Moving from weight loss to maintenance does not mean you are free to eat whatever you want whenever you want. It is helpful to have a "healthy lifestyle journey" mindset when losing weight so when you reach your goal you are ready to continue the lifestyle.

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Don't get complacent

Reaching a goal weight doesn't mean the work is over. Weight loss is like using a treadmill. At maintainenace, the pace downshifts so it's easier to manage long term, but if we get complacent, we will lose ground, until we eventually fly off the back and land on our butts!

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There Are No Mysteries

There are no huge mysteries to weight gain or loss. Everything comes down to calories ingested and calories burned. And Spark can help you solve any apparent mysteries, as long as you keep using the trackers faithfully.

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