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Diet Tip: Create A Red Flag Weight

Dieting is difficult, and keeping the weight off can be equally as challenging. We have all heard the reports that diets don't work, which a reason I like to think of the whole ordeal as a lifesyle change and not a diet.

To maintain your ideal weight, I strongly suggest picking a red flag weight. Pick a weight and vow to never get heavier than it again. It is normal for your body to fluctuate five pounds - especially for women, so I recommend picking a weight that is ten pounds heavier than what you “normally” weigh. If you hit that weight it is time to reevaluate how and what you have been eating, as well as review your exercise plan and if you are sticking to it.

If you don't like to weigh yourself, pick a pair of pants as your measuring stick like your favorite jeans. If they start to feel too tight it is time to reevaluate your situation. This sounds a lot like The Jeans Diet that Eva Mendes uses to maintain her ideal weight.

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hepsmom hepsmom 10 years
It is encouraging to see folks who have lost the weight and are able to maintain it! I am still in the losing mode. My grandmother, when I was going in the upward direction on the scales, told me about this exact method. She said, "I don't let myself get over 130. My weight is 125 and when I start moving up, I just cut back on my intake until I get back down to my weight." She was a fantastic lady and was healthy until the end!
zc zc 10 years
how funny..i've actually done it, i have a wieght that i can't goover ..if i do....then i shall try diet
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
i think weight is an individual thing, especially for women. i do have a red flag and i also notice the fit of my jeans because i can't do another round of losing weight and then putting it all back on. for me, having a checkpoint helps me maintain my eating and exercising habits as a lifestyle. i do have my splurges but i know and savor them as treats then i fall right back into my healthier core routine. for some people that's not going to work and i respect their methods.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
i have lost the weight so now i do regular "check ins" with myself. i weigh myself probably twice a week and it just lets me know im doing something right or wrong. it would be hard for me to gain weight back with that kind of check up in my life.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
good luck eaker
eaker eaker 10 years
I hit the gym after I went from 220 to 221, crazy how one pound made such a difference. Since then my red flag weight has been 200 and every time I see myself creeping back up there, I go back to being crazy dedicated. I am still 9lbs overweight, so maybe I will make my red flag weight lower than my current weight for motivation.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
Congratulation Shanflan1 I totally agree with this article too. I used to weigh... well I don't want to say but I vowed never to weigh that much again.
llendril llendril 10 years
your tip reminds me of this article in 'real simple.' especially the 'thin people weigh themselves' section.
caernarvan caernarvan 10 years
I always weight the same. When I'm feeling healthy it's bacause I'm working out, commuting on my bike, playing outside- gaining muscle. When I'm not working out regularly I stay the same weight but lose muscle & gain fat & go up pants sizes. The pants diet would work for me, but the gaining 10 lbs could never work.
shanflan1 shanflan1 10 years
I agree with this article 100% !! I used weigh 220+ pounds, and now i weigh 122 (and have maintained that weight for over 8 years). I did with good old common sense and hard work: No crazy diet fads, no eliminating an ENTIRE food group from my diet, and no starving myself. But every now and then, we all tend to over-indulge, and when that happens - I think it is best to "reign yourself back in" before things get too out of control. It is much easier to lose those extra 2 pounds than it is to let the numbers keep creeping up and have to lose another 10!!! thanks for this article!!! -Shannon
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I don't know if I like this idea Fit- the "red flag weight" one that is (the Jeans I agree with) I think if I picked a weight 10 pounds above what I am now, subconsciously I would allow myself to slip and have more indulgences because "it's not like I am at my weight "limit" " I would say I would do best setting the weight at what I am NOW thinking about the goal I have in mind.
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