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The 5 Pound Rule

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Weigh your self daily. Don't allow yourself to gain more than 5 pounds without taking positive action. Continue to exercise and track your food. Maintain the good habits that caused you to lose weight.

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  • I weigh in once a month because I have had eating disorder issues. It messes with my head if I concentrate too much on my weight rather than on exercise and tracking my food. To me this isn't really about what I weigh but how active I am. To me that's more important. - by WINTERWINGS
  • This is exactly what I do. I need to weight daily to keep on track. I give myself a 5-pound maintenance range, and when it creeps up toward or over the high end, I know I need to get on top of it right now! - by MNNICE
  • SUSANBEAMON
    I can change weight by 5 pounds in the course of one day. I drink lots of water in the morning. My weight goes up by lunch and then down by bedtime. - by SUSANBEAMON
  • Other than the every day weighing, this is exactly my motto. But I think weighing every day puts too much emphasis on your weight. Once a week is plenty to catch the 5 pound change, and lets me focus my energy on the positives in my life! - by ELENAKATIE
  • I agree! Ever since I hit my goal, I gave myself a 5 pound maintenance zone...so far so good...it's a good tip to spread around! emoticon - by ANNIEONLI
  • I agree...I give myself 5 lbs up or down. i also weigh on a daily basis...i don't want any surprises! I have a history of being a yo-yo dieter...it's very important to me to be vigilant with my fitness and nutrition!! - by AWESOMECAROL55
  • Having only recently reached my maintenance weight, I do weigh myself daily, and a three pound gain makes me nervous! However, I find that if I only record the once a week weigh-in, it is pretty stable so far. Maybe I can take a breath when I've maintained for a year! - by GLASSART43
  • I like to weigh myself each day to monitor what is going on with gain or loss. I also monitor my BMI as well. I like to be in control and not be surprised with wacky figures a week or two later and have to work that much harder to get back in sync with my goals. - by MSROZZIE
  • 5 pound rule seems high to me, I work hard to get rid of the 5 pounds. I would have to move it down to 2 or 3 pounds. But I think it's a good idea, especailly over the Christmas holidays - by TELLINGGREY
  • I have a big event coming up this weekend and I plan to eat whatever I want. The 5lb rule will be a great tool to make sure I don't overdo it TOO much! Lol! emoticon - by ANUNADI
  • i will try to weight myself dayly and avoid gainning the 5 pounds
    motivation is the key...
    - by RECOMANDATION
  • I agree with the 5 lb rule. It really helps me to stay on track if I don't let it get out of hand. Otherwise, it seems like too much of an obstacle to tackle, and I give up. 5 lbs is not a tragedy and it's "doable" to get it off again. Catch it early!! - by RJSAMS
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  • I plan to keep it a 12 lbs range for me as it is very easy for me to gain weight and hard for me to take it off. - by BLUEWATER71
  • all good ideas - by IRON_RESOLVE
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  • emoticon for sharing. emoticon - by NEENSTER1
  • SP does recommend a 5 lb range.

    I am just more comfortable with a 3 lb myself - then I freak, lol.

    - by RAYLINSTEPHENS
  • LIL-ANGEL-WINGS
    when I hit my goal I gave myself a 5lb flux...i stay right around a 3lb mark by tracking every day food and fitness...and i use the reports to see how I'm doing weekly...but I do weigh in every morning to make sure Im on track - by LIL-ANGEL-WINGS
  • The idea of weighing in regularly is good and having a range that you don't exceed is great. Unfortunately, some of us have other issues. For me it is under active Thyroid. One time I gained 30 lbs in 2 weeks and hadn't changed my eating. for me keeping my medical issues under control and keeping up my physical activity is more important than weighing myself. If I keep up with my eating goals, my meds and my physical activity, the weight comes off and stays off. That way weighing once a week is acceptable and I know if there is a dramatic change that I need to get to the doctor and get my meds readjusted. - by JCUBBON
  • I like this! 5 pounds is what I allow myself as well. - by BLESSOLA
  • TMARTELL1960
    This is a great idea as the day goes on it is easy to see a few extra pounds whenI weigh myself in the morning they are gone. Weighing in once a week seems to be more accute and always weigh yourself at the same time of day - by TMARTELL1960
  • I do this,too! I had a trainer who said not to ,but then again she advised me to eat more than 1 protein bar a day--dropped her! - by MOMWANTSNOWAIST

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