Losing weight is a challenge, but keeping it off can even more difficult without a good plan and healthy habits.
Here are suggestions to help you keep the weight off that you've worked so hard to lose, courtesy of the American Heart Association:
* Understand what works best for you -- such as what rewards best motivate you, what tempts you most, and what helps you resist those temptations. * Be realistic about how much weight you should lose. * Maintain a good balance of calories taken in versus calories burned. * Get enough exercise. Even a brisk daily walk can help you keep those pounds off. * Keep notes and records of your food intake and daily activity. * Plan your meals, and make healthy food choices at the grocery. * Don't weigh yourself more than once a week. * Plan ahead for holidays, special occasions, and other times when you may be likely to splurge and take in additional calories.
Health Tip: Eat Healthy When You Eat Out
When it's time to eat out, you may think it's too difficult to stick to a diet or to watch those calories.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which offers these eating-out tips, begs to differ:
* Order water, skim milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks low in sugar and calories. * Order a small salad as an appetizer, which will help fill you up before the main meal. * Order salad dressings and other fattening sauces on the side. * Order entrees that include vegetables. * Order dishes that are steamed, baked or broiled, not fried. * Order a small or medium-sized portion -- or even a children's meal -- instead of a regular adult portion. * Order something from the menu, instead of visiting the all-you-can eat buffet.