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Are You Still Losing Weight?
      04/20/05 08:15 AM
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Are You Still Losing Weight?

If not, don't let the frustration overwhelm you. Instead, gain an
understanding of what may be preventing your weight loss and make a

You may have noticed you've strayed from your new eating plan. The
key is not to beat yourself up over it, but to understand why you
strayed in the first place. Common causes include negative
emotions, stress, or a change in routine. The trick is to catch the
lapse before it causes you to fall back to your old habits.

The people around you can sometimes be your worst enemies.
Coworkers who beg you to go out to lunch instead of your walk. Or a
significant other might undermine your weight loss efforts. Try
talking to these people about your goals and how they can help you.

The couch is another reason you may be gaining. Too little movement
and too much snacking will foil anyone's weight loss plans. Try
walking around during the commercials or making a rule not to eat
while watching television.

After losing about 10% of your initial weight, your body's hormones
start working against you. A hunger hormone called ghrelin
increases and a fullness hormone called leptin decreases as your
body fights to get back to its baseline weight and counteract your
weight loss. When hungry, fill up on low calorie foods such as
fruits and vegetables.

Most importantly, congratulate yourself that you've figured out
what needs to be done. Then do it!

Cheers to Moving Forward,
Megan Porter, RD
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