15 Ways to Keep the Weight Off After Hitting Your Goal

Most dieters regain up to 50 percent of the weight they lost within a year, say our experts. Here's how to keep the pounds off -- permanently! (16 Photos)

Melissa Pheterson on Jun 4, 2012 at 3:25PM

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“Remind yourself: ‘I can never eat the way I used to and maintain this weight,’” says registered dietitian Julie Upton R.D. “As you lose weight, your body requires fewer calories for sustenance, so going back to your old eating habits will pile on pounds faster than you can imagine.” Instead of thinking about your new eating habits as a “diet” that you’ve finished, consider them as the prelude to a healthier lifestyle. That way you’ll never have to start a diet again.

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