7 successful habits of people who have lost weight and kept it off


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You start a diet, lose weight, are finally comfortable and happy with how you look and feel, so you stop the dieting and fall back into your regular routine. A couple of weeks later, the weight you lost begins to creep back, and your continuous cycle of frustration with the scale begins again. Sound familiar?

According to WebMD, for many people, dieting is only a temporary fix for their weight-loss struggles. Many have trouble sustaining a healthy lifestyle without the reward of seeing a decreasing number on the scale, which means they ultimately return to bad habits. If you want all of your hard work to have a long-term effect, follow these seven tips from people who have lost weight and kept it off, compliments of Organize Yourself Skinny.


1. Don’t eliminate foods

Instead of banning foods from your diet, which could lead to binging later on, find a way to fit them into your healthy lifestyle. Eat them in moderation or find healthy alternatives for some of your favorite junk foods, like these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.


2. Develop routines and make it your lifestyle, not just a ‘diet’

Getting in the habit of working out every morning or eating dinner at the same time each night are just a few examples of habits that can help lead to a healthy lifestyle. Making it part of your routine versus a temporary fix allows you to develop more long-term habits.


3. Practice portion control

The most basic formula for weight loss is to consume fewer calories than you burn. If you are practicing portion control, no food is truly off limits and it’ll be hard to overeat. Need help keeping track of your daily calorie count? Try one of these easy and helpful weight-loss apps.


4. Exercise

Like it or not, you have to work out. If you continue to be physically active and make it a priority in your everyday routine, you will achieve your goals and be able to maintain them. Combing exercise with a healthy diet leads to great results. Don’t have time to fit in a long workout? You can still burn calories at your desk with these five moves.


5. Stay hydrated

Drinking water helps to flush out toxins from your body, prevent headaches, increase alertness and even keep hunger pangs at bay. If you want to increase your water intake, but are tired of plain water, spice it up with one of these delicious summer detox waters.


6. Cook at home

Cooking in your own kitchen allows you to make your favorite foods while controlling the ingredients and portion sizes. You can also take your favorite traditional recipe and skinny it down with healthier ingredients. For some delicious and healthy spins on classically good meals, click here.


7. Plan for meals and snacks ahead of time

If you have a busy week coming up, preparing healthy meals and snacks for each day on Sunday can keep you from making unhealthy food decisions later in the week. Weekend meal prep not only allows you to grab and go on those busy mornings, but it also means your entire week’s worth of cooking is done and over with in a day. Here are 52 healthy snack ideas to get you started.


Dieting isn’t a bad thing. It can teach you healthier eating and cooking habits. Just make sure to continue these habits even after you’ve reached your goals. Remember, being healthy is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.


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