You did it … hard work, healthier food choices and more physical activity, and now you’re reached your weight loss goal!

So take those selfies, post about it on Facebook or Instagram; you deserve to be super-proud of your latest accomplishment.

No matter what your latest goal was — to get to your pre-baby weight, to be the weight you were in college, or something else — when you reach it you might wonder, “How can I keep the weight off?” . 

Do you keep eating healthy and exercising but not try to lose weight? Do you keep losing weight? Or are you just not sure?

What happens if you’ve psyched yourself into being ready for a new weight loss diet and you come down with the sniffles? Is it wise to start a new diet when you may be struggling with a cold?

Hopefully, you’ve chosen a healthy diet, so there's no reason to give up on your new eating plan entirely. But you may want to tweak it into more of a cold and flu diet.

Both influenza and the common cold are viral infections, but there’s a big difference. A cold will fizzle out in time, but the flu can be devastating. And, because they’re not bacterial, antibiotics won’t be of any use at all.

If you’ve recently succeeded at weight loss, you may want more than a simple pat on the back. After all, it took considerable determination to achieve your goal, even if you still have a way to go.

Landmark achievements should be honored and celebrated – it’s positive proof that you can achieve your goals and it helps you to stay motivated going forward.

One of the reasons that you don’t hear the “Retired” word any more whenever AARP is discussed is that the organization realized that most people are not retiring at age 50, when they are eligible to join.

In fact, many of us are not officially retiring at traditional retirement age, either. 

We might be “semi-retired,” working part-time, volunteering, or maybe we just love working and never want to slow down.

But our metabolism does slow down, regardless, and so we do have to work even harder to keep muscle mass.

No doubt about it - stress wreaks havoc with the body. And in dealing with stress we learn, early in life, that food can bring us comfort. 

Food is an important way that humans have been appreciating community and celebrating important events since ancient times. 

But, in modern times, with the ready availability of food that satisfies but is nutritionally bankrupt—like starchy, greasy and sugary fast foods—we sometimes try to cope by bingeing on them.

We may eat emotionally to fill our needs, whether we’re hungry or not, and we may also find that it’s harder to eat healthy.

Studies show that stress can lead the body to produce higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. This can cause us to feel hungrier, crave fatty and sugary foods, raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and build up belly fat.