Weigh in every Tuesday morning
Don’t let 5 pounds creep on; weigh yourself once a week on the same day at the same time, Richter suggests. If you’re a pound or two up, start keeping a food journal again.
Post a "before" photo on the fridge
Never lose sight (literally) of the hard work that went in to your great new body. “Reminding yourself daily what you’ve been ‘fighting’ for will keep you from backsliding into old habits,” Coopersmith says.
Focus on why you like being slim
Jot down why it’s so worth it to you to keep up your eating and exercise plans, Beck suggests, then read it to yourself every day. Some examples: I look better. I have more energy. I can wear skinny jeans. I feel in control.
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Try new recipes
“Mixing it up is important to avoid food boredom, which can lead to healthy-eating lapses,” Richter says.