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Sticking to Your Weight Loss Goals

It takes a few weeks to develop a habit and as the final story in our eat to lose series we look at how to stick to your weight loss goals. Tips for how to begin again if we falter and how to celebrate our weight loss success.
It takes a few weeks to develop a habit and as the final story in our eat to lose series we look at how to stick to your weight loss goals. 
Tips for how to begin again if we falter and how to celebrate our weight loss success.

If this year's desire to lose weight has lost some steam, no sweat, simply start again. 

Reassess your expectations. 

"Your goal should be to lose one to two pounds in the first week and the same thereafter," says registered dietitian Marisa Moore.

If you find your weekly weight loss has slowed down or plateaued you many need to make some changes. 

When you lose weight your calorie needs actually decrease so it might be time to cut out one snack or to change up some of your meals if you've been doing the same thing over and over again. 

You may also have to up the exercise.

Maybe start lifting a few more weights, maybe extend the time that you're working out. 

If you don't exercise, you may need to start-- and enlisting a buddy can help. 

Find someone who can maybe workout with you or hold you accountable. 

And don't forget to reward yourself. 

If you've been craving dance lessons or photography lessons or a new pair of shoes, this is the time to celebrate and buy those things. 

And stick to the basics:  Keep a food journal, don't skip meals, eat foods from all of the food groups to reduce temptation, and make healthy choices when you eat out.  And if you falter.

Everyday is a new beginning and you have the opportunity to live a healthy life starting with your very next meal. 



(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute) 


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