7 Secrets to Maintain Weight Loss
If you’ve ever lost weight, you know how hard it is to keep it off.
Ever wonder why some people are able to keep weight off, while others put it right back on? Here are a few pointers that prove that weight maintenance is very do-able. (If you still have pounds to lose, these secrets will help you, too.)
Secret #1: Keep on Moving
If you’re serious about keeping the weight off, you need to be serious about your workouts. Keep your activity level high, both in and out of the gym. Your workouts should consist of both cardiovascular training and strength training. Outside the gym, make an effort to move as much as possible by taking the stairs, going for walks (or jogs) and participating in recreational activities.
Secret #2: Be a Healthy Eater
Sorry, you can’t go back to being a regular at the drive-thru and expect to maintain your weight loss. Focus on these 3 aspects of healthy eating:
- Keep calories low. Gone are the days of eating mindlessly. Be aware of everything that goes into your mouth, whether by journaling or simply keeping a mental tally.
- Be careful. Eat small portions, avoid high-calorie foods and check nutrition labels. You don’t have to swear off chocolate forever, just eat it occasionally with portion control.
- Eat a balanced diet. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains.
Secret #3: Turn off the TV The average person watches a whopping 35 hours of television each week. People who successfully maintain weight loss, on the other hand, watch an average of 7 hours or less. TV watching encourages snacking and puts you in a sedentary position on the couch. Spend less time in front of the TV and enjoy lasting weight loss.
Secret #4: Keep it Simple/ While it is important to keep a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, your diet should be fairly simple. Create a repertoire of basic whole foods: fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, beans and nuts. When you cut down on your options, it becomes easier to stick to your plan.
Secret #5: Track Yourself Your biggest fear is gaining back every lost pound, but don’t be afraid of your scale. Weigh yourself at least once each week to monitor any gains. If the numbers begin to climb, just reduce calories and increase your exercise.
Secret #6: Eat for the Right Reason Emotional eating is one of the top reasons that people become overweight. It’s very important that you view food as fuel, not as an answer to deeper emotional needs. When food becomes more than just fuel, the pounds quickly add up. If you want to keep your weight under control, you’re going to have to eliminate emotional eating.
Secret #7: Eliminate All-Or-Nothing Thinking No one is perfect – not even you! There will be days when you eat more calories than you should have. There will also be days when you miss a workout. Don’t let small slipups send you into a tailspin of all-or-nothing sabotage. Simply get back to your healthy lifestyle rather than letting yourself backslide into your old habits.
Don’t be one of the many who return to life pre-weight loss. You worked hard to be where you are. You deserve to keep it.
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