Daily weighing and taking quick action if your weight creeps up is essential to keeping the pounds off after you reach your weight loss goal, according to new study findings reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Don’t scale back after reaching weight loss goal
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Dr. Diet weighs in:
This study supports what I’ve seen in my own practice: that people need a self monitoring system that will help them catch a small lapse in their program and prevent it from leading to a total program collapse.
I really like the color codes used in this study because it gives dieters feedback and help regarding their self-monitoring.
Color codes were used in the study to help participants take the right type of action when monitoring their weight:
--green signaled they were within 3 pounds of their goal weight; here participants received positive phone messages and “green” rewards like green mints or a dollar bill.
--yellow signaled they were within 3-4 pounds and needed to change their eating or activity habits
--red signaled they were 5 pounds or more above their goal weight and needed to re-start their active weight loss efforts; to help them, they were given a red toolbox consisting of a meal replacement shake, a pedometer, a diet diary and a printed copy of their own weight loss success story.
Dieters spend so much time planning their weight loss but once they reach their goal, this study reminds us that the planning doesn’t stop there.
If color coding sounds like it could be an effective tool to help maintain your weight loss, think about what you would want to have in your red toolbox. This could hold your secrets for long term success.