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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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Start with zero calories

I start my day with coffee made with the zero calorie sweetener "Stevia in the Raw." Every little bit of calorie savings helps.

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Keep warm!

Staying warm prevents me from eating to get warm. In this way, my favorite comfy sweatshirt, cardigan, and even dolphin blanket are essentials for weight management around my house. As winter approaches, make sure you have non-food ways to stay warm.

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Salt Craving

Anytime I have a craving for something salty, I keep pistachios around. I'll take 1 handfull and sit down with them and a big bottle of water. By the time I have shelled all of them and drank all the water, I am full and no longer want anything else. Make sure to buy the ones with the shells. It tak...

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weighing myself daily

I've always kept on track when i weigh in daily. For me as soon as i start skipping days the weight starts piling on. For me, the reason not to weigh is because I feel guilty over a meal or just ate too much. I know weight will flucuate on a daily basis and I only track it satudays but I still fi...

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Lots of Fruit & Veggies

I get great results when I can eat 7 to 9 fruits/vegetables in a day...keeps me feeling full with fewer calories.

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Eating out

Asking for a carryout container to be brought with your meal will discourage overeating. I pack half right away so I dont end up full, guilty and bloated.

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Don't be afraid to make adjustments

In six months or so I've maintained, my weight has been stable in the 160-165 range. But my nutrition guidelines have varied by 25% based on my injury and exercise status. I've had calorie ranges from 2200-2550, up to 2900-3250. If I see the weight moving in one direction, I change the calorie li...

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Find Kindred Spirits

The old song line "I get by with a little help from my friends" definitely applies to staying the course beyond reaching goal. Finding Spark teams that focus on maintaining motivation to maintain (At Goal and Maintaining, to name the first I joined) and meeting Spark friends in person, even across ...

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Keep Tracking

I have found that in order to stay on track for maintenance I need to need to keep tracking what I eat and my activity. Last weekend I had a very busy day, over 25,000 steps, biking, lawn mowing, walking, and had kept to my average calorie intake. The next day I was at work and a half a dozen times...

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Shake It Off

. I've never been big on meal replacement shakes but i recently cam acroos the Vi-Shape shake. These are AMAZING! You can literally create any flavor you want, not to mention the protien and the nutrition its packed with.

I started out replacing two meal per day with these shakes. Mainly bre...

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