Losing excess weight is hard but making sure that the weight stays off for good is even harder. Weight loss takes a lot of focus and determination but many people think that it’s all about reaching the goal. If you have just successfully lost weight and you want to stay the weight you are, read these tips on how to maintain weight loss and stay healthy.
Keep active: Once you have successfully lost weight, you will need to stay active to keep it off, and the best way to do that is to find a form of exercise that you enjoy. If your days of hard graft at the gym when you were losing weight may have put you off workouts for life, take up a team sport, or join a new fitness class. If you make exercise fun, it won’t feel like exercise at all.
Weigh yourself regularly: Another good tip on how to maintain weight loss is to weigh yourself regularly. Your weight will fluctuate naturally, but keep an eye on it and you will be able to spot any trends that might indicate that you are gaining weight again. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but many people are so busy celebrating their weight loss success, they forget this simple step, and the weight sneaks back on again.
Eat regularly: This is another important tip on how to maintain weight loss. Some of what you learned when you were losing weight will need to be carried on, and one of those things will be eating regularly. Don’t skip any meals, especially breakfast, or you will be tempted to eat an unhealthy snack that you shouldn’t. Now that you have lost the weight, the temptation might be even greater, because you will say to yourself that ‘just this once’ won’t make a difference.
Don’t deprive yourself: You’ve probably had your fill of depriving yourself of the things you love, so don’t feel guilty about eating some of those foods you deprived yourself of while you were losing weight, just be careful not to go too far. In fact, if you completely deprive yourself of something, you will be more likely to overindulge on that thing at some point in the future.
Be consistent: What you want to avoid is getting into the weight roller-coaster game of putting on weight and then losing it again, so, when you find the right balance of diet and exercise that keeps your weight stable, stick with it. That means regular exercise, regular meals and the occasional treat. It will help if you keep a diary and note down what you eat, how much exercise you do, and track your weight. That way, you will be able to see what works for you and what does not.