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How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off For Good!

Updated on June 19, 2013

My little tips and tricks for weight loss and maintenance

First let me start by saying I have never been overweight, so if you are trying to lose a ton of weight, this could work for you but you might need more extreme measures. I am 5’6 closer to 5’7 and I weigh about 135 at my normal weight. Well the story goes, before my trip to Greece in August of 2010, I weighed myself and I was a whopping 149. To me that was a lot because I have never been 150 lb., and I knew my clothes got a little too tight on me but I still couldn’t believe I reached 150 lb.! I should add that even though I had gained weight I was not fat, and my body was not all that gross, just to me it was. I am pretty tall and well proportioned so it is difficult to tell when I gain weight, unless I have a scale. I actually do not like scales because I don't think numbers really matter, but the problem with me is that I still wear the same size in clothes if I gain weight!! So, I was not feeling myself anymore....and I quickly took action to try to lose weight before going to Greece. The main reason I was going is to be part of my cousins wedding and of course we were going to be going the beach a lot, how could I go to the beach looking like a wale?! (In my opinion of myself lol)

So I started doing some light exercises at home every night, I started eating healthier and eating SMALLER portions. It turned out great in the end. I came back from Greece with everyone, and I mean everyone commenting on my weight loss, and I really didn’t do much! Even my dear aunt who I can always count on to negatively comment on my cute figure had told me that I lost weight. I thought that was crazy, before Greece I walked out of her house and her comment to me was, “Yea, keep eating those cheeseburgers”. But you know, I let that one slide. At least she noticed my weight gain, because no one else said ANYTHING!! I wish people would tell the truth, at least to me because then I might get upset but I'd rather hear the truth than hear people telling me I look good all the time, when I didn't!

So now my rant is over and I will share with you a list of the little things I did to lose my chunkaness:

EAT SMALLER PORTIONS

We as Americans are used to eating for 3. Our portions are humungous, and it is not at all good or healthy for us to be eating this much. I cut down a tremendous amount of what I was eating. I drank a lot of water to make sure I wasn’t eating when I was thirsty, because that is a mistake a lot of people do. You think you are hungry but really you are parched! I chose healthier foods to eat, which in turn made me full faster than any stupid fast food could fill you. And I only ate 3 times a day. That works for me. If you get hungry fast, you might want to try eating many small portions throughout the day, but for me I’d rather eat my 3 meals a day with a possible snack sometime throughout the day, because if I try to eat small portions all day I will probably lose track and eat everything in site! One thing I do as well is if I eat out, I only eat until I am full and then I save the leftovers to eat for later on in the day or the next day. Remember, when you eat out, the portions are bigger than what your supposed to have, which is about the size of your fist, so keep that in mind when you are eating and try not to pig out and eat all that food if you can get full from less food.

EXERCISE!

I have always been an on and off exerciser. It is now a regular habit that I have incorporated into my life, but before I would get lazy and then not exercise for a while and then when I felt chunky I would start again. I don’t think this was a good way to live, so I now exercise at least 3 times a week minimum, but I don’t do anything crazy. I started off with light yoga and then as I got used to it I started doing more difficult moves. I also started with light dumbbell workouts, and standing up ab workouts. I really didn’t do much to lose weight with exercising but I think it helped anyway. When you build muscle, the muscle burns more calories than fat, so exercise is definitely a benefit. Before my Greece trip and while I was in Greece as well, I made sure to do light exercises EVERY SINGLE NIGHT before I went to sleep. My sister and me shared a room then, she wanted to kill me, hehe.

GO WALKING

Now this goes along with exercise, but the reason I kept it separate is because I don’t think it’s a good idea to think of it as exercise. I think it’s important to try to walk as much as you can everyday. So, my advice to you because this is what I do is try to take walks everyday, especially in nice weather of course! Aim for a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood or the park, and if you can’t do 30 minutes do at least 15-20 for the day. Walking is something simple and nice, it can help you release some stress and helps you stay in shape! Remember: don’t think of walking as an exercise because then you most likely won’t want to do it, so just think of it as a recreational thing, something you enjoy doing and it will lead to a smart and healthy lifestyle for you!

CHOOSE HEALTHIER FOODS TO EAT

This should be a lifestyle change, not just to lose weight. Instead of eating those greasy French fries, choose a salad, or instead of white rice switch it up to brown rice. For the most part, most of us DO know how to eat healthy, we just choose not to, but if you start little by little eating healthier, than it will become easier as you go and you will eventually become a natural at it! Eat your fruits and vegetables guys, and don’t forget to have a Greek yogurt a day for your probiotics!

MOVE YOUR LAZY TUSH AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!

This is another obvious one, and it is separate from exercising as well because it is sort of silly. Something I do all the time is fidget and jump around, kick around, butt clench, stomach clench, whatever it is to keep myself moving while I am doing lazy things like watching TV, or just lounging around at home. It may sound silly and minor, but moving around burns calories, so to me I move around as much as I can because every burned calorie helps!


Dance as much as you can, whenever you can!  You'll be burning calories without realizing it, and having fun at the same time!
Dance as much as you can, whenever you can! You'll be burning calories without realizing it, and having fun at the same time!

ONLY DRINK WATER OR TEA AS A BEVERAGE

This one may be difficult for those soda lovers out there, but if you are drinking soda you should really stop right now because it is not good for you!! I used to have a diet soda addiction myself, but I stopped completely and now I only drink water or green tea. I do drink other teas as well and the occasional coffee, no sugar of course. To me there’s no sense in consuming all your calories through beverages, that is what food is for, so its better to drink water as much as you can to keep your internal and external self healthy, because you must know all the benefits of drinking water. (Healthier skin, nails, hair, etc.) Water is good for you and doesn’t make you gain weight!

So that’s basically all I did and all I do to maintain my weight, although I am not perfect, I am at a healthy and stable weight and that is what’s important. Oh but wait, the last think I did and still do but not as much is go dancing! I love to dance and it's exercise, but I didn't put that on the list because you guys might not go out dancing that much, but it is good exercise, even if you just dance at home.

Also, just my own opinion: don’t buy into the excuses that wintertime adds pounds. Many people use this as an excuse, that everyone gains weight during the winter. You can be that exception! if you work at preventing gaining weight than that is much healthier than yo-yo dieting and you will be able to maintain your ideal weight for as long as you can. You can do it!

Healthy stable you=Happy you :)

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 3 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you billybuc! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have an easy, relaxed writer's voice; very easy to read your work...well done.

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi EuroNinila, I appreciate the follow and since you enjoy writing, you may want to write and get paid some real money, watch your email. I like the tips on keeping weight off.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Hahaa, nice! I'm definitely checking them out :) !!

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have a lot of pins and a board dedicated to good looking men! LOL Maybe our grooms are in there :D

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Pinterest problems, we all have that kind of board lol. Us crazy women...Haha I should start doing a wedding 1 too, but I haven't found my groom yet either. Go figure. I just saw you followed me, I'm following back! :)

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Oh of course I will! I have the same type of board lol...i have been weeding through it and printing the workouts I can do in my room.

      I love Pinterest! I have my wedding all figured out, I just need to get a fiancée. Maybe I should start with a date seeing that I have never been in a relationship. LOL....Pinterest problems :)

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      HLKeeley, I'm so happy you found my hub useful! Thank you for adding it to your scarab book, you made me a happy girl today! LOL

      The best way to do it is to lose it slow, that way it will stay off! Good luck to you on your journey,I know as well as you do that you can do it! If you need any help or advice I can always provide you with some motivation! Also, if you have a P-interest you should follow me because I have a board called Motivation and I save all the websites, blogs or whatever I find on the internet that can motivate you to do it! It helps me:)

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Wow, I can't believe this is the first Hub I found. These are the tips I get. This is a great start for bigger people. My doctor told me that if I do it that way that I will lose weight, slowly, but it works. He put me on a strict diet to make the weight burn off faster, but also to get rid of the "useless" fat that just sits there.

      This is great and I am adding it to my scrapbook for my journey to lose weight. :) I am know I will do it.

      I just need to keep my motivation up! :)

      Voted up.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you so much for your comment and shares brsmom68:)! We all fall into that problem of being inactive, which makes you more inactive as time passes but the trick is to fight it and conquer it. Once you get up and move, even though you don't want to it will make you more energized and you will start exercising more. It just takes those few couple of times to force yourself and then you should be good from there! Good luck on your goal, you can do it, your already on your way!!:)

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I need to lose at least 30 pounds. The weight slowly crept up over the years (from 2006), but the past six months have been the worst. Medications have wreaked havoc with my energy levels, not to mention sitting at my computer for hours on end. I have started drinking more water and we avoid buying junk food so we do eat healthy. My biggest problem is being active; it seems I can find 101 excuses not to exercise regularly.

      Your tips are manageable for anyone, but a person has to actually follow them in order to see results. Voted up, useful, shared & pinned.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you Thelma!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Great advice! Thanks for sharing this to us and for following me. Voted up and useful.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Debbie, I think that's awesome that your 61 and you do weights and an exercise class! Most people get to like 30 and then get lazy. I definitely do not know anyone over 30 in my family that exercises besides my aunt who is 56, besides her everyone else in my family just sticks with what they got. You shall be my motivation to keep going till I can't anymore. Thanks for passing by :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      You are so right....you have to get moving...i am short and i gain weight real easy..i have to walk every day...and exercise class three times a week plus lift weights...i am sixty one now...it is not easy but if i don t i get sick..thanks for a great hub ...debbie

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thanks billybuc, you know we all get lazy sometimes, including me! We just have to keep motivated an keep moving our lazy behinds so we don't fall into the lazydontwannamove syndrome. hehe

      Thanks for the comment and for reading :)!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions! I especially like the one about moving your lazy tush as much as you can. Well done!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      thanks vocal coach! yea these tips are obvious but it doesn't hurt to share them and put it in peoples heads to be healthy!!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      We never hear it enough. How to lose weight in a healthy way. This hub is motivating as well as informative and I like your photo.!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thanks yogakat, those are very good addictions to have !

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      I love the advice and the humor here. I have been drinking green tea and exercising weekly for many years. Two of my good addictions!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      thank you kashmir56 for the comment, and thanks for stopping by :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are all great tips and advice within this well written hub to help anyone looking to lose some weight. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thanks dwachira, I'm happy you found my tips helpful! Goodluck :)!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      These are great tips EuroNinila, am trying to do the same and your tips will really help. Voted up, useful and shared