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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a Melissa Pheterson on Jun 4, 2012 at 3:28PM

To maintain your weight, you need about an hour of heart-pumping exercise five times a week, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). “If you don’t have a full hour, shorter bouts of exercise are just as beneficial as one chunk,” says Jessica Matthews, exercise physiologist for ACE. Upton recommends a mix of light aerobic exercise for endurance such as jogging or swimming, high-intensity exercise like sprinting or jump-rope to torch calories, and strength training with weights or resistance bands to maintain muscle mass.

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