My sincere congratulation on escaping the snack cycle! It’s less of a problem here, being male I cat get away with much more tolerance using a belt, only had to punch 2 extra holes in progression to make it fit narrow enough.
I don’t wear belts, that’s also a good way to ignore weight gain! :p Well, there hasn’t exactly been less consumption of food, just more selective eating and more working out.
Yup, that is the only reliable / consistent / sure way to keep the lower weight.