Maintain Weight After Weight Loss


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.

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.

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.

Maintaining an Exercise Regimen is Important

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!

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.

Keep a Food Journal

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.

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”.

Maintain Your Support

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.

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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6 thoughts on “Maintain Weight After Weight Loss

  1. I found this very interesting as I am 64, female, and one who never had overweight issues until age 40. The pounds and inches just kept piling on, even though I never was a big eater and I did some exercises. After some years of yo-yo results, I stepped up my workouts changed my eating and recently lost weight but maintenance is my biggest concern. I found two very important takeaways from this.article, to add to my daily routines: Eat slowly and do simple walks. I should be able to do these lifestyle changes, because I don’t want to go back to excess weight.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for the comments. Congratulations on your weight loss! Maintenance can sometimes be difficult and it may be hard to stay on the right track once you’ve lost the weight. However, it’s very important that we do so the weight doesn’t creep back. I agree with you and think incorporating some things into your daily routine can help. Incorporating chewing slowly and walking may be just what you need to help your maintenance. I wish you well in your quest to be a healthy you.

  2. You hit the nail on the head, as far as I am concerned, Yvette. I lost a nice amount of weight in the summer, but it’s creeping back up surely and not even too slowly.
    To be honest, I know why. I followed a diet that was based on not too extreme calorie counting. But whilst counting the calories, I learned which foods were also healthier, yet filling. Now I am getting fed up of checking for calories on the package, and I am getting back to the nasty habit of snacking – not fruit and vegetable snacking, but crackers and other carbs rich foods.
    I must definitely get back into the right mind set!

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for your comments. I totally understand how you feel about the weight creeping back on. That happened to me, too, several years ago. However, I didn’t realize I had a medical condition at the time that affected the weight coming back. I agree that you need to get back into the right mind set. Maybe you can incorporate some exercising to assist you. Sometimes, just moving helps. You may want to visit my walking page to give you some motivation. I wish you well as you continue your journey for good health.

  3. Great post on how to maintain your weight after you reached your goal.

    Like you said I think it’s all about being consistent and doing the same thing that got you to where you want wanted in the first place.

    Two things like you said in your post that come to mind is regular exercise and eating healthy which will help a lot in your goals.

    1. Thank you, Michael, for visiting my site and your kind words. Sometimes it is very difficult to maintain weight loss after you’ve worked hard to lose it. It really is a matter of looking at it as a lifestyle change rather than dieting. Once you get to the point, you are eating better and exercising on a regular basis, it is something that needs to be continued on a regular basis.

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