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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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Plan ahead!

If you are headed on a trip (graduation, family reunion, etc) be sure to plan ahead. Visit one of the mapping services on the internet and look at your route along the way for places to eat that will help you stick to your lifestyle. In addition you can check for rest stops that will let you walk!

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Weigh Weekly, Bi-weekly or Monthly

I started out with Spark & I weighed daily. Drop a pound, up 0.5, down 0.5, up 2 pounds, down 1. It nearly drove me crazy trying 2 get something N a steady downward trend. All of this is compounded because I have diabetes & heart problems, balancing water intake and out-flow is very difficult as my

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Watch that scale

Once you have reached your goal weight, an easy way to maintain, it is to weigh yourself daily and once you notice yourself gaining a pound or two, go back into diet mode and lose those few pounds and continue back into maintenance mode and repeat the process!! Good luck!!

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Drinking milk lowers my appetite

Drinking milk at least once a day keeps me from snacking and over-eating. I also read that women who drink it after a workout lose more weight than those who drink sports drinks. (1.5 lbs. vs. 3.2 lbs.)

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Transition

Gradually make that transition between weight loss and weight maintenance. It will be easier to maintain the weight and you will be less likely to stray off track.

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Portion Control

Now that you've hit the weight you'd like to maintain, be sure you watch your portions. When eating out or at those family dinners where someone fills your plate for you- make sure you aren't eating more than you want to eat. Don't be afraid to make 2-3 meals out of "one", you'll be glad you did!

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Plan Ahead

Have a summer party or a graduation coming up? Take the time to plan ahead for not only that day - but that week. Bump up the cardio a notch- watch your food intake on at least a day or two that week to allow for that little slip that might happen the day of the party.

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Water vs. Coffee

Drinking water or coffee.
My trick for not eating much is that first cup of coffee in the morning. It satisfies me and I am not hungry. When I am at work I drink most of my 8-8oz. glasses of water and then some. That fools my brain to, makes it think I am not hungry.

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Keep on keeping on...

In order to maintain the weight you are currently at, you need to stick pretty close to what you are doing now. The way to do that is to keep tracking. Sure, you'll have an off day here or there for Aunt Jenny's birthday or Cousin Joe's graduation, but for the most part you'll be right on track!

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Take the Opportunity to Do the Right Thing Again

If you did not do the fitness or healthy food choice thing for the day or moment....rewind the head and do it again.

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