4. Use your scale
The National Weight Control Registry, a study tracking more than 5,000 people who successfully lost weight and kept it off, revealed some interesting secrets of weight-maintainers. Notably, 75 percent of people weigh themselves once a week—a recommendation that Dr. Lau agrees with. “If you’ve gained one or two pounds, [you’ll know to] watch the portions,” advises Dr. Lau.
Sometimes it’s tough to know when a higher number on the scale means you’re retaining water, rather than truly gaining weight. If you’re retaining fluid, your rings or shoes will feel tight. However, a tight waistband on your favorite jeans could reflect either a water gain or an excess of food. Step on the scale regularly to keep weight in check before it has a chance to creep up again.