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How can I cope with challenges such as holidays and stressful events?

Take a weight loss holiday. While you'll never struggle with hunger and you won't need brute force, losing weight on the Don't Go Hungry Diet requires vigilance and scrupulous honesty. Weight maintenance, in contrast, is considerably more forgiving. You can afford more overindulgence. So if you're in a situation where you just can't focus on weight loss, focus on maintaining your weight instead. There's absolutely no reason why you have to be trying to lose weight all the time. As long as you're not gaining, whether you're losing or maintaining you're on your way to long-term success.

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"YOUR ADVICE WAS A GODSEND. I am doing well in the weighting (waiting) game - I had lost 8kg by Xmas & have still kept it off. Your advice on letting yourself stabilise & sit on that plateau was a godsend – I stayed on my 3kg loss for ages & ages but did not lose faith this time - I just kept doing exactly what I had been doing then all of a sudden it was off again - mind you I was doing everything in my power to help it along, which I think eventually paid off!!! I still have a lot more to go but I will be happy to lose it a few kgs at a time. "

- Janice, Sydney, NSW