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7 Dos and Don'ts for Maintaining Your Successful Weight Loss

Weight Loss
If you have recently achieved your weight loss goals, you no doubt will want to do everything in your power to ensure those unwanted pounds do not return. While there are a few factors that may contribute to regaining the weight, you can avoid this if you practice a few good habits. To ensure those unhealthy pounds stay off permanently, keep the following dos and don'ts in mind.

1. DO Fill up on Fiber (for Meals and for Snacks)

You may have heard that eating foods that are high in fiber fills you up and keeps hunger at bay. Eating more fiber-rich foods may curb your appetite, thus making you eat less to feel satisfied. In turn, you are less likely to regain the weight you have lost.

For long-term weight loss, aim for several servings of vegetables each day. When you want a between-meal snack, reach for an apple, banana, or grapes. Raisins contain fiber as well and can be a good alternative to sugary snacks.

2. DON'T Eat Out More Than Once a Month

To maintain your weight, you should eat your meals at home rather than dine out. Doing so allows you to plan your meals accordingly and keep portion sizes down. Reserve dining out to once a month and stick to this rule.

3. DO Reward Yourself With Non-Edible Treats

When you feel the urge to treat yourself, go right ahead and splurge. Just don't treat yourself to a gooey, calorie-rich dessert. Instead, buy a new outfit, accessory, or electronic gadget you've been eyeing. Rewarding yourself for a job well done (that is, maintaining your weight) will give you the incentive to keep up the good work.

4. DON'T Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast is a bad idea, as you will lack the energy to start your day, and more likely to binge eat at lunch and dinner. Fill up on fiber-rich oatmeal or a breakfast of lean protein, such as a hard-boiled egg, whole wheat toast, and marmalade.

5. DO Find a Hobby and Stay Busy

Many people overeat when they are bored. Avoid boredom and the urge to binge eat by finding a fun hobby that keeps your hands occupied and your body moving. Maybe you'd enjoy gardening, or perhaps dancing is more your thing. If you have ever wanted to try cycling, now would be a great time to discover the benefits.

Your hobby doesn't necessarily have to be anything too strenuous. Just so long as it keeps you busy (and away from the fridge) you will be on the right track. So, if you've ever wanted to learn golf, or take up horseback riding, why not give it a go?

6. DON'T Deprive Yourself of Quality Sleep

Many experts believe there is a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. If you aren't sleeping enough, your stress and hunger hormones may raise, and this may lead to an increase in appetite. Keep the weight off by getting quality sleep each night.

7. DO Keep a Journal of Your Diet and Exercise Habits

Keeping a record of how, when, and what you are eating is a good way to correct your mistakes. You should write down what you have been eating. In addition, make a note of what your daily exercise consists of.

Looking at your journal, take note of the time of day you grabbed that sugary snack or bag of chips. It becomes easier to change your eating habits when you recognize what is causing you to make the wrong choices. 

If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your weight, schedule an appointment with a healthcare specialist. Consult with your physician before taking any supplements or beginning an exercise program.