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Weight Maintenance Secrets

The best tips and advice for life after weight loss. If you don not have a weight-loss goal, how do you maintain a healthy weight?

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Keeping the weight down

I reached my first goal of 145 last summer. I have managed to maintain within 4-5 pounds since then. My secret is: I step on the scale every morning to make sure I am not letting the weight slip up on me. If it looks like I'm gaining, I can refocus on my food and exercise.

- Submitted by QUADCMOM 5/22/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 9 Comments

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Don't deny yourself everything

One sure way to lose control is to completely deny yourself. Choose what you really want and allow yourself a small amount. That way you don't feel like you're never allowed anything good anymore. It's all portion control!

- Submitted by SOLRGIRL1 3/20/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 5 Comments

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start your morning with water

the minute I get up in the morning I drink a full glass of water to start my morning. this gets my metabolism going and starts the flushing process for my body

- Submitted by LAURAMARIE812 4/4/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 16 Comments

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Maintaining your goal weight

I spoke with a woman who had lost weight & maintained for 30 years. She told me her secret was 5 pounds! Her goal was 115 so she lost down to 110. She then has 5 pounds to work with. If she gains a couple of pounds, she doesn't get concerned. When she gains 5, she works to lose that 5 by eating healthier then she had been. She's been successful doing this for 30 years!

- Submitted by HDMARTIN88 3/7/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 15 Comments

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never finished

Don't let yourself slip into thinking you're 'done' once you've reached your goal weight. This event lasts the rest of your life! But that's ok...you can do it. You've got this!

- Submitted by NINJALINDA 5/26/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 8 Comments

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If you feel chilly, don't crank up the heat, move your butt!

Suddenly noticing you are chilly can be a sign that your metabolism just dropped into low gear. Rev it up by moving around. It doesn't need to be a lot of moving around either. Simple tasks around the house like emptying the dishwasher or folding the laundry can be enough to get things going and warm you up. If you really want to kick it up throw in a workout DVD or go for a walk or a jog.

- Submitted by M0PPET 10/4/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 4 Comments

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80/20 Rule

In order to maintain my weight loss I go by the 80/20 rule. I eat healthy 80% of the time and allow myself to indulge 20% of the time. This keeps me on an even keel and allows me to have some of my favorite treats so I don't feel deprived and start binging. It has worked well for me for almost a year now!

- Submitted by DMP3107 12/9/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 10 Comments

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Get rid of your clothes as they get too big

Don't keep clothes that are too big for you. Clothes that fit you are your constant check that you are staying the course. When the clothes get snug you have too take care of it because you have nothing else to wear.

- Submitted by MU55IN 6/17/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 5 Comments

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The 5 Pound Rule

Weigh your self daily. Don't allow yourself to gain more than 5 pounds without taking positive action. Continue to exercise and track your food. Maintain the good habits that caused you to lose weight.

- Submitted by MORTICIAADDAMS 3/25/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 24 Comments

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Never think "diet" Alway think "lifestyle"

The only thing I can say is that since day one, I changed my thoughts to "this is how I will eat for the rest of my life", not just some short term fix. Yes, now, I can eat just a little more, but really not much more that throughout the entire weight loss process. 100+ lbs lost and maintaining.

- Submitted by MAMA_CD 4/24/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 8 Comments
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