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How do you watch your figure?

I know that all of you love food but that comes with a painful price of gaining extra weight. For those of you who do care about your figure, what do you do to keep in shape?
I have been on 5:2 diet and lost like 30 lbs after I had my 2nd baby.
I did gain some back recently..i think it's mainly because of the seasonal change. My appetite goes way up during fall and winter.
My cousin lost 51 lbs exactly as of yesterday by not eating refined sugar and all other white stuff that are supposely bad for you.

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    1. Portion control. No or low carbs during the day at least 5 days a week. I have always been a regular exerciser but it doesn't keep the weight off as you get older.

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        Portion control def. I'm an older broad and if I didn't move my arse, even a petite gal like me, would put on pounds. I swim, bike and walk, I use to play tennis. I also feel it keeps me stronger of mind & spirit to keep watch of my weight.

        1. re: rockandroller1

          That's pretty much my plan. I'm in my late 40s now, and I find I can't eat like I did even 3 or 4 years ago without the weight creeping on, daily workouts notwithstanding.

        2. I am struggling to lose weight right now. I have found that regular, daily exercise is very effective, as is avoiding 'white' food. Really, I am just watching every bite right now, and exercising most days, and it's working. I am avoiding gimmicks (not eating white food is a simple way of saying I am trying to eat only nutritionally dense food).

          1. In a mirror.

            When the government stopped paying me to exercise, I gained and have maintained an additional 30 pounds.

            But when I go cruising on my boat, the daily swimming and light meals result in a reduction of 25 to 40 pounds in as little as 3 weeks. Eating all that fish I guess.

            That is correct. I occasionally weigh less at 58 years than when I was 35.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              yah, i've got that nasty dresser mirror that stares back at me every morning when i get up. oh the horror, is all that me? who put a fun house mirror in my bedroom?

              and im not just being snarky, if that doesn't affect how much i chow-down on, not much will.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                <When the government stopped paying me to exercise, I gained ....>

                Really?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Really. I have never liked exercise. Swim team in high school was pure drudgery. 2 to 5 mile runs 5 days a week in the military were a total bore. And I was the one to set the route and the pace.

                  In a related vein, I stopped jumping out of perfectly good aircraft when the government stopped paying me to do that.
                  A friend the former navy diver spent 3 weeks in the crystal clear water of the Bahamas and only went skin diving once.

                  I am so happy I stopped gaining at only 205 pounds, while so many have gotten quite large. With replacement knees and hips.

              2. i did weight watchers for about 6 years, but I just can't live my life keep that kind of watch every day. I'm now working to find the balance between maintaining a weight I'm happy with and actually living! I just got a new phone which has an app for tracking exercise and calorie intake. I've found a workout routine I like and I'm walking on the treadmill more. SO, we'll see how all that works out! :)