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Health Tip: Maintaining Healthy Habits

(HealthDay News) -- Losing those extra pounds represents only half of the challenge -- the other half is keeping the weight off.

The Weight-control Information Network offers these maintenance tips:

  • Make sure you vary your routine with new exercises and activities, a new workout buddy, and new recipes and foods.
  • Reward yourself for keeping the lost weight off.
  • Create a plan to help you deal with setbacks, such as by creating an alternate exercise plan if weather is bad or you're injured.
  • Pack healthy snacks and choose healthier restaurant options if you're traveling or dining out.
  • Don't give up if you do have a setback.
  • Re-evaluate your goals and challenge yourself in new ways, such as by cutting down on unhealthy foods or adding more exercise to your week.
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