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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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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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Keep control of your calories when you're out

Make a pick & mix menu of standby snacks and always choose something to have in your bag when you're out. Research online menus for restaurants and coffee shops for nutritional information. Read labels on take away salads or sandwiches. Build a list of safe choices so that you can stay in control.

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controling appetite

Eat healthy in between meal snacks to help you reach your goal.
This way you won't overeat at regular meals. Your blood sugar levels won't drop so you'll feel energetic all day.

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Check Fit or the Scale

Noticing if certain clothing starts fitting tighter as well as what the scale reads on a regular basis helps me keep track of how I am doing. I also track exercise minutes but know that exercise intensity can greatly effect number of calories burned, so that's less accurate to measure ongoing effort

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Pedometer

Wear a pedometer all the time. Check 3 or 4 times a day to make sure you are staying as active as you think.

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