Maintaining Your Calorie Cutting

What's the dietary difference between people who are actively maintaining weight and normal weight people? According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, a 5% reduction in fat intake and a couple more artificially sweetened beverages. Maintainers also consumed 11% more modified (reduced fat) dairy products and dressings. Researchers identified a person as maintaining weight after they had lost 10% of their body mass and kept it off for 12 years.

The Bigger Picture: There are plenty of reduced calorie and reduced fat beverages, sauces and salad dressings on the market. In fact, it's fairly simple to make your own. Pull a container of your favorite protein powder out of the pantry, along with some healthy fruits and nuts, and you've got a recipe for weight loss or maintenance. Add regular exercise and surf the database of protein smoothie recipes at for inspiration.

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