If you've recently lost weight and want to keep it off, congratulations! You've accomplished something many people find difficult.
However, maintaining your weight loss doesn't have to be hard if you follow some simple tips. In this post, we'll discuss how to make healthy choices, stay active, and deal with common challenges.
So whether you're just starting out or need a refresher course, read on for helpful advice on maintaining your weight loss.
Let's start with an email from a subscriber:
I'm an expert dieter. I've been on every diet there is and lost weight on all of them, but I have one problem: I can't keep it off. The minute my life gets a little hectic or the weather starts getting cool, my stomach is growling for a cookie.
I know how this sounds to you – you're probably thinking that I should just do what everyone else does and go on a strict maintenance plan for twenty years until they die from starvation because after all, that's the only way to maintain your weight loss over time right?
Well let me tell you something about myself: I am not perfect!
And even if someone were perfect at maintaining their weight loss (they don't exist!) that doesn't mean that I want to be perfect. I want to enjoy my life and eat the things I love, within reason of course.
I'm sure you're familiar with the old saying, “life is too short.” Well, it's true. We only have a certain number of years on this earth and we should spend them living. Not sitting on a couch eating salad and counting every calorie that enters your body.
Who has time for that?
The Secret Of Weight Maintenance
The secret to maintaining your weight loss is to simply follow the same rules you did when you were losing weight but allow yourself some slack instead of disciplining yourself too much or else it will catch up with you at some point.
I want you to stop trying to be the “perfect dieter”. No one is perfect when it comes to dieting and losing weight – not me, not you – no one!
So you are going to make mistakes. You may crash in the first week. You may go on a huge eating binge in the second week.
You may not do a single minute of physical exercise in week 3. It doesn't matter.
Why not? Because when (not if) these things happen, you are gonna start over. And eventually, you will get it right and ease into maintaining your weight loss.
Here Are 7 Tips For Weight Maintenance
Following these tips will help you maintain your weight loss without feeling like you're on a diet.
- Find a way to move that you enjoy – If you hate running, don't run! Find another form of exercise that you love and will stick with. This could be anything from biking to hiking to swimming.
- Eat the things you love – within reason of course! Don't deprive yourself of the things you enjoy. A little bit of what you love is better than a lot of something you don't.
- Don't weigh yourself every day – This can be discouraging and lead to obsessive behavior. Weighing yourself once a week is plenty.
- Allow for some indulgences – If you're really good all week, go ahead and have a treat on the weekend. Just make sure that it doesn't become a habit.
- Drink plenty of water – Drinking plenty of water is essential for weight maintenance and overall health.
- Get enough sleep – This is often overlooked but it's important to get a good night's sleep so that you're not exhausted the next day.
- Stay positive – This is key! If you slip up, don't beat yourself up. Just get back on track and keep going.
The Key To Maintaining Your Weight Loss In The Long Term
The key to long-term weight management is to simply stick to the same techniques you used while losing weight, but with a little more flexibility instead of strictly controlling yourself, or else it will catch up with you eventually.
Let's face it: when your weight loss plan starts going wrong, there are often emotions involved that can get out of control pretty quickly if you don't have anything planned in advance for when things go wrong.
So here's how you make sure that no matter what happens, you can always get back on track without too much drama.
First and foremost, it's important to have realistic expectations. You're not going to be perfect all the time, so don't expect yourself to be.
Secondly, you need to have a plan for when things go wrong. This means having a list of backup foods that you know you can eat without going overboard. We suggest this list of high-protein foods.
In general, if you expect things to go wrong from time to time and have a plan in place for how you're going to handle it when they do, then instead of feeling like a failure or succumbing to emotional eating, you'll be able to simply say “Okay, well I didn't stick to my plan this time, but I'll get back on track tomorrow.”
This is key for maintaining your weight loss in the long term. So don't be afraid to mess up every once in a while – as long as you have a plan for how you're going to deal with it, then you're good!
So there you have it – my top tips for maintaining your weight loss without feeling like you're on a diet. Just remember to be patient, stay positive, and have a plan for when things go wrong, and you'll be fine!
So go ahead and enjoy your life while still maintaining your weight loss!