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Soft landing

After four to eight weeks of gradually adding calories to your meal plan, watching the trend line, and adjusting to the increased calorie intake, your weight should have settled within three pounds of the goal and the trend line should be close to flat. Daily weights will be coming in above and below the trend line with roughly equal frequency.

And that's it: no fireworks, no sirens, no flashing lights. Your diet is finished. Your weight problem is history. The discomfort is at an end. In the next chapter we shall see how to guarantee you will never gain back the weight you have just managed to lose.

By John Walker