MAINTAIN WEIGHT AFTER WEIGHT LOSS – A LIFETIME JOURNEY
When you decided to take the weight loss journey, you found all the tools you needed to lose the weight along the way. You found a new way to eat healthy, exercised, found the right support system, and got the amount of rest needed to reach your goal. Now, that you’ve reached your goal, you are questioning what can you do to maintain your weight loss and what is on the road ahead of you. To maintain weight after weight loss is a lifetime journey.
That is normal. Don’t worry. The information below is a helpful reminder of what you need to do for your lifetime journey.
THE NEW YOU
Make the commitment to do all the things you needed to do to lose weight including eating right and exercising is the frame of mind you developed along your weight loss journey. You formed all the right habits to reach your goals. Now you need to embrace that mind set to make sure you stay on course to maintain your weight loss. Think of this lifetime commitment as a great journey instead of a burden. That way you will be able to embrace your lifestyle change positively instead of negatively.
Think about how great you feel, the clothes you are able to wear, the compliments you are getting from family and friends. Let all of this catapult you into a lifetime of feeling this great. Every day, let those wonderful things be what gives you the motivation to maintain the new you.
YOUR EXERCISE REGIMEN
Whatever exercise regimen you developed to lose the weight will need to be maintained in your lifelong journey. Make exercising fun and switch it up to keep your body confused. Doing the same thing over and over gets your body into a workout routine. Getting out of that same routine by switching things up will confuse your body and that is a good thing. Even when strength training, it is great to remember that muscle confusion is good and that switching up the exercises will be what helps get you to your goal weight.
When thinking about maintaining your weight after weight loss, you don’t necessarily need to go out and run marathons as a form of exercise. Something as simple as going for a walk after dinner is a great way to get your exercise. It will help you obtain your daily steps. It is also a great way to help your body digest food. So while you are taking that walk, you’re not only helping your digestive system, you are also burning calories!
HEALTHY EATING HABITS
You already know how to eat healthy. You’ve done it to reach your goal. Don’t stop now! Whatever healthy foods you ate, continue to eat those same healthy foods. Some people decide to treat themselves when they hit their goal weight. Be careful about doing that because you don’t want to pick up those unhealthy eating habits again. One thing leads to another and before you know it, the weight is creeping back on little by little. So beware. Also, is aware of your daily sugar and sodium intake and remember it is important you continue your water consumption.
Watch your alcohol consumption. Alcohol may be sugary and has many “empty calories” that do nothing for your body.
It has been stated that people are more successful with weight loss and maintenance when they keep a food journal. There are free phone apps that can even help you. These apps can help you track food calories and nutrients. Some apps can even scan package bar codes. Therefore, you can scan foods while shopping. Keeping track of information will then make you a smarter shopper BEFORE you purchase items.
Remember to enjoy your food, slow down and chew your food. There are several reasons to slowly chew your food. One is to help you digest it as well and help make you feel fuller. For more information about the importance of chewing your food, click here.
MAINTAIN YOUR SUPPORT
If you had family and friends that were with you along the way as you were losing weight, maintain your support. Being with those people that were with you while you lost your weight will help you stay on track. They will understand your journey and not insist you eat unhealthy foods when you go out to dinner or during “girls night out”.
If you are around family and friends who don’t support you both during and after your weight loss, things can be very difficult. On the other hand, if your family and friends are truly supportive, it can be a fun journey for everyone. Some ideas may be to be creative in the kitchen by making healthy meals together, think of fun recipes that everyone can enjoy, or make it a friendly competition. Before you know it, everyone is having a great time being healthy together.
MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH – FOR A HEALTHY YOU
Being mindful of your weight loss is a key component. You’ve done a lot to make it to your goals, now do what is necessary to maintain your weight loss. Keep the key factors in mind:
- stay on your exercise regimen
- continue those healthy eating habits
- maintain your support system
- get seven or eight hours of sleep per night
You have done some amazing things to become a new and healthy you. Congratulations! I hope you continue to have a healthy day, healthy life and a healthy you.
Making sure you maintain your health is key. Don’t look at this lifestyle you have developed as a burden. Instead, reflect on how great you feel now and concentrate on the positive aspects. You’ve come too far to turn back, so make sure you continue in the same light.
Have you lost weight and maintained it? Share how you have been able to maintain your weight loss.
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