How Does a Food-Lover Maintain a Healthy Weight?

Good Questions

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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