For many women, reaching your goal weight can be very challenging. But, keeping weight off once it’s lost? That’s an even bigger task.

While you may be tempted to try the latest fad diet, research shows that’s not the best route if you want to maintain a healthy weight. Researchers from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab studied the lifestyles of 147 people and found those who’ve stayed healthy and slim throughout most of their lives have a lot in common. They don’t follow restrictive diets and instead remain conscious about what they eat. They also eat breakfast, exercise regularly, and weigh themselves weekly.

“Most slim people don’t employ restrictive diets or intense health regimes to stay at a healthy weight”, Dr. Brian Wanskin, study co-author and director of the Food and Brand Lab, stated in the report. “Instead, they practice easy habits like always eating breakfast, exercising regularly, and weighing themselves once a week. If you struggle with weight, try adding these simple practices to routine, you may be surprised how easy it is to be healthy!”

To meet your weight loss goals and stay healthy, practice these healthy habits:

Ditch the Fad Diet

Many women think they have to follow a strict diet in order to lose weight. Though making smart dietary choices is important, following a restrictive diet isn’t what’s important. The majority of the study’s healthiest participants reported never or rarely dieting. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t pay attention to what they’re eating. Nine-two percent said they are conscious of what they eat, with 44% reporting they follow non-restrictive strategies. Listening to your body, cooking at home, and consuming high-quality, non-processed foods are all effective strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.

Start the Day with Breakfast

You’ve probably heard this hundreds of times— breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A staggering 96% of those who’ve maintained a healthy weight start every day with a wholesome breakfast. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends kick stating your day with a hearty breakfast made up of lean protein, fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Prioritize Exercise

It’s obvious that exercise is a huge part of maintaining a healthy weight. Forty-two percent of healthy adults said they exercise at least five times a week. If you can’t dedicate this much time to working out, then choose short workout routines that burn a lot of calories and can easily fit into your busy schedule. Even just 20 minutes of exercise can make a big difference for the average person.

Measure Your Progress

While weighing yourself on the scale is not always a clear depiction of your progress, it’s a common practice of those who’ve managed to stay healthy and slim. Of the healthiest survey participants, 50% reported weighing themselves at least once a week. For a better depiction of your progress, consider routinely taking your measurements to see how you’ve progressed.

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