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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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WINTERWINGS 3/27/2010 5:33:00 PM

    I weigh in once a month because I have had eating disorder issues. It messes with my head if I concentrate too much on my weight rather than on exercise and tracking my food. To me this isn't really about what I weigh but how active I am. To me that's more important.
MNNICE 3/25/2010 8:09:00 PM

    This is exactly what I do. I need to weight daily to keep on track. I give myself a 5-pound maintenance range, and when it creeps up toward or over the high end, I know I need to get on top of it right now!
SUSANBEAMON 3/26/2010 12:28:00 PM

    I can change weight by 5 pounds in the course of one day. I drink lots of water in the morning. My weight goes up by lunch and then down by bedtime.
ELENAKATIE 3/25/2010 6:28:00 PM

    Other than the every day weighing, this is exactly my motto. But I think weighing every day puts too much emphasis on your weight. Once a week is plenty to catch the 5 pound change, and lets me focus my energy on the positives in my life!
ANNIEONLI 4/16/2010 9:49:00 PM

    I agree! Ever since I hit my goal, I gave myself a 5 pound maintenance far so's a good tip to spread around! emoticon
AWESOMECAROL55 10/27/2012 5:36:00 PM

    I agree...I give myself 5 lbs up or down. i also weigh on a daily basis...i don't want any surprises! I have a history of being a yo-yo's very important to me to be vigilant with my fitness and nutrition!!
GLASSART43 5/4/2012 3:36:00 PM

    Having only recently reached my maintenance weight, I do weigh myself daily, and a three pound gain makes me nervous! However, I find that if I only record the once a week weigh-in, it is pretty stable so far. Maybe I can take a breath when I've maintained for a year!
MSROZZIE 2/4/2012 1:13:00 AM

    I like to weigh myself each day to monitor what is going on with gain or loss. I also monitor my BMI as well. I like to be in control and not be surprised with wacky figures a week or two later and have to work that much harder to get back in sync with my goals.
TELLINGGREY 12/6/2011 12:48:00 AM

    5 pound rule seems high to me, I work hard to get rid of the 5 pounds. I would have to move it down to 2 or 3 pounds. But I think it's a good idea, especailly over the Christmas holidays
ANUNADI 8/22/2011 9:14:00 AM

    I have a big event coming up this weekend and I plan to eat whatever I want. The 5lb rule will be a great tool to make sure I don't overdo it TOO much! Lol! emoticon
RECOMANDATION 8/8/2011 11:55:00 PM

    i will try to weight myself dayly and avoid gainning the 5 pounds
motivation is the key...
RJSAMS 8/3/2011 12:09:00 PM

    I agree with the 5 lb rule. It really helps me to stay on track if I don't let it get out of hand. Otherwise, it seems like too much of an obstacle to tackle, and I give up. 5 lbs is not a tragedy and it's "doable" to get it off again. Catch it early!!
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BLUEWATER71 6/26/2011 11:42:00 AM

    I plan to keep it a 12 lbs range for me as it is very easy for me to gain weight and hard for me to take it off.
IRON_RESOLVE 4/27/2011 11:49:00 PM

    all good ideas
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NEENSTER1 2/21/2011 1:37:00 PM

    emoticon for sharing. emoticon
RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/22/2010 10:13:00 AM

    SP does recommend a 5 lb range.

I am just more comfortable with a 3 lb myself - then I freak, lol.

LIL-ANGEL-WINGS 9/9/2010 10:33:00 PM

    when I hit my goal I gave myself a 5lb flux...i stay right around a 3lb mark by tracking every day food and fitness...and i use the reports to see how I'm doing weekly...but I do weigh in every morning to make sure Im on track
JCUBBON 8/27/2010 10:25:00 AM

    The idea of weighing in regularly is good and having a range that you don't exceed is great. Unfortunately, some of us have other issues. For me it is under active Thyroid. One time I gained 30 lbs in 2 weeks and hadn't changed my eating. for me keeping my medical issues under control and keeping up my physical activity is more important than weighing myself. If I keep up with my eating goals, my meds and my physical activity, the weight comes off and stays off. That way weighing once a week is acceptable and I know if there is a dramatic change that I need to get to the doctor and get my meds readjusted.
BLESSOLA 3/31/2010 11:34:00 AM

    I like this! 5 pounds is what I allow myself as well.
TMARTELL1960 3/28/2010 11:11:00 PM

    This is a great idea as the day goes on it is easy to see a few extra pounds whenI weigh myself in the morning they are gone. Weighing in once a week seems to be more accute and always weigh yourself at the same time of day
MOMWANTSNOWAIST 3/28/2010 12:59:00 PM

    I do this,too! I had a trainer who said not to ,but then again she advised me to eat more than 1 protein bar a day--dropped her!

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