Maintenance definition

The fifth of 5 stages to permanent weight loss.

In this stage, you have been consistently changing your behavior and maintaining those changes for at least six months. For example, you have been consistently exercising at the gym three days a week for six months.

Related terms: action, contemplation, precontemplation, preparation

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