The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to understand what really motivates you. Once you’ve felt the initial excitement of losing the first few pounds, you must find a way to turn that enthusiasm into the willpower to stick with your eating plan.
You will encounter both ups and downs as you learn to maintain your weight. To help you through the downs, you need coping strategies. Think about what you really want to achieve. That desire will help you turn your eating and exercise strategies into a lifestyle that leads to lifelong weight control.
Many people have difficulty losing weight. It could be because of a slow metabolism because of poor eating habits and a lack of an exercise regiment. It is possible to remain strong and healthy as we age; but there are certain adjustments we will have to make, if we are to do so. Maintaining a healthy weight is the key to avoiding age related disease such, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Tips on Maintaining Your Weight Loss:
- Steadily increase your calorie intake by 25-50 calories per day until you find a comfortable balance where you won’t lose or gain weight.
- Track your progress frequently. If you find the number on the scale has jumped up a few, you can take that as a warning sign that you are going in the wrong direction and tweak your habits to control it.
- Seek and maintain relationships with supportive people.
- Keep the focus on your health. Measure how you feel as well as how much energy you have.
- Continue (or start) a diet diary to track your calories, exercise, feelings and weight.
- Continue regular daily exercise. Make it a natural part of your life and schedule time for it.
- Make conscious decisions throughout each day to stay on track and keep off the weight you’ve lost.
- Be consistent. Don’t stray from your goals on the weekends or holidays.
- Don’t let yourself feel deprived. Eat a variety of foods in moderation.
- Eat only when you’re hungry and do something else when you’re not.
- Learn to cope with problems without relying on food.
- Seeks professional counseling for accountability and long-term success.