So you've lost weight with help from eDiets.com.
Now is not the time to give up the fight and slide back into your old, unhealthy eating ways.
No, a healthy diet is something you sustain for life. It's time to get off the weight loss/weight gain roller coaster and stick with a healthy diet that will help you keep off the weight.
Here are 5 ways to keep off weight:
It is extremely important that you keep an eye on how many calories you eat in a day. Consuming a few hundred extra calories a day will soon add up to a few extra pounds a month.
The best way to start your day is by eating a healthy, satisfying breakfast. It jumpstarts your metabolism and prevents you from pigging out at lunchtime because you feel like you are "starving!"
Avoid portion distortion
Read labels to see how many servings are in that packaged food you just bought and are about to eat. Or read the nutrition before you order at a fast food restaurant.
You should know that restaurant meals are notoriously large. It's okay to order your favorite dish; just be sure to not eat all of it in one sitting.
Ask your waiter to fetch you a doggie bag first thing and take home up to half of your meal!
Eating healthy is one thing, but there's nothing like regular exercise to keep your calorie-burning furnace stoked. An effective fitness routine should include no less than 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three days a week. A little weight training will also do wonders because muscle burns calories even while you aren't exercising!
Chart your weight
Hop on the scale once a week. The moment you see a 5-pound swing upwards, be sure to cut back on food intake and boost the time you work out! By catching yourself before a big fall, you'll have a far easier time keeping your weight under control.
Always remember, you're not "cured" just because you reach your goal weight. Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifetime challenge.
You've proven that you can lose weight. Prove that you can keep off the weight you lost.
After all, no one wants to go back to wearing their "fat clothes" ever again!
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.