How Does a Food-Lover Maintain a Healthy Weight?

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Q: What do food-loving people do to keep their weight down? I lost 40 pounds several years ago with Weight Watchers, and I've kept it off — but I always end up gaining 5-7 pounds a few times a year and find myself needing to go back on the program. It works for me, but I'd love to hear other real-life stories (especially since I grew up in a family with unhealthy food patterns).

I'm always interested in know what habits people who LOVE FOOD (as you clearly do at The Kitchn) have to maintain a healthy weight.

Sent by Ann

Editor: Ann, I love this question. To be honest, all of us here at The Kitchn deal with this in different ways, and so I don't want to speak for all of us. I personally feel like I am still working to find a good balance between a life totally steeped in food, and one where I maintain a healthy weight. Lately I have been putting a lot of extra consciousness into portion size — it tends to creep up so easily! I also have been noticing some very public food figures (like Mark Bittman and Alton Brown) putting a renewed focus into losing weight. It seems to be a very timely topic.

It bears repeating, too, that a healthy weight is different for everyone, and maintaining a good weight is something that is so personal. It should be a health issue, and not one of aesthetics or cultural pressure. And yet of course it is. Given that, I just want to open up this discussion up to the readers. When you love food, and cook frequently, what's your approach to both eating in a balanced way and maintaining a weight where you are comfortable?

Related: Alton Brown on Eating at Home and Eating Light

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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