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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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Tracking weight and measurements keeps you honest!

I have kept a journal of weekly weigh in and body measurements since I was 18 years old. It has been the single most important thing that has enabled me to stay within 10 pounds of my current weight for over 30 years. I did stop keeping track for two years during a very depressing part of my life, m...

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Stopped The Power of the Scale

I have maintained my weight more or less since September. I can't say the exact number because I did it by completely abstaining from weighing. The scale was my dictator, my mood changer, my food guide, pretty much my everything until I had to say STOP. I am more than a number.

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Be a Master of Weight Maintenance

You may have been in weight loss mode for so long that when you have reached what is considered to be goal weight you may not be certain on how to maintain your new weight.

Many of the new habits that have served you well during your weight loss journey will serve the same purpose when you a...

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Oh Happy Day

Six years ago, I weighed in at 350 pounds. I didn't even have to ask myself, "How did this happen to me?" I knew exactly how it happened. When I was 44 years old, I was in a car accident and broke my neck in 3 places. Then six months later, I was diagnosed with MS. At the same time, my gall bla...

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Keeping the Weight Off

I have been in maintenance for a long time now. In my opinion, keeping the weight off is more challenging than losing it.

The first and most important thing is not considering it a diet while you are losing the weight. It is a commitment to live a healthy life from now on. You need to know...

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The end to yoyo weight



Last year when I began my weight loss journey, and had lost about 30 pounds, I stated to worry about when I got to my goal weight.
In the past when I would get to my goal weight, I would ultimately feel lost , not knowing what to do next and thus gaining back the weight eventually.

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Weigh yourself every day to maintain your weight

Most of the time, I hear people say that you should only weigh yourself once a week. I have better luck with weighing myself every day, and here's why. When I first reached my goal weight, I continued to stay on the Spark People menu plan, but hard as it had been to reach my goal weight in the fir...

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Effort leads to ease and relief - just give it time and keep learning!!

I'm writing this to those Sparkers who are overwhelmed by the many things to keep in mind to build a healthy lifestyle.
I agree, it looks like a lot!
But we don't have to do it all in one go.
Building a healthy habit requires effort, but once the habit is learned and becomes automatic, it ...

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Log in that food

The secret to my success of keeping of 15 or more pounds for two years is to track my food when and where I can. It made all the difference. I was working out and still not losing weight and occasionally gaining a few pounds here and there. I found Spark people and began to log my food daily. It...

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Weigh Daily

We hear a lot about the danger of weighing daily during weight loss because of natural fluctuations, but in maintenance, I find it beneficial to weigh every day. This way, several pounds cannot creep up and surprise me. If my weight goes above a certain number, I immediately take steps to bring it b...

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