When I was younger, I believed (or wanted to believe) that fad diets might actually work. I thought that if I could just stick to a strict regimen for two or three weeks, I'd drop the weight. Then, I could go back to eating whatever I wanted. Silly me. Luckily, with age comes wisdom and now I know that staying slim and healthy requires a long-term plan.
To keep lost pounds from creeping back, you need to sustain the same healthy habits that helped you to lose it in the first place. Follow these five steps and stay thin for life!
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1. Plan your meals ahead of time. Be sure to include a source of lean protein—which helps you feel full longer—at every meal or snack. Yummy chicken recipes and fish recipes are always good inspiration for creating a healthy dinner—or try centering your meal around a tofu- or bean-based dish .
2. Keep a food diary to track your calories—and to make notes of which situations and foods help you to stick with your goals and which ones make staying on track more difficult.
3. Schedule in exercise.
4. From time to time—particularly when the number on the scale starts to edge upward—revisit your weight-loss goals.
5. Celebrate your successes (but not with food). Living the healthful life takes commitment but the rewards are many!
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Nicci Micco , Diet Blog
Nicci Micco is co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.
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