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Maintaining Weight Loss

There are four key steps to maintaining weight loss. Most people that lose weight will regain some weight, often starting the dreaded 'dieting cycle'. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Successful long term weight loss entails two steps: active weight loss and then weight maintenance. Unfortunately, most people don't do the second step and find that the weight creeps back on over time.

To maintain weight loss successfully there are four key steps:

  • Weigh yourself at least once a week and record it in a spreadsheet, diary or calendar. People who monitor their weight consistently maintain their weight more successfully than people who don't.
  • Follow a calorie controlled eating plan focusing on healthy eating with regular meals and snacks.
  • Engage in planned exercise at least four times per week. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Some great examples include walking, swimming and cycling.
  • Seek professional assistance when you are unable to reverse a 2 -5 lb weight gain.