You’ve probably heard that 95 percent of all diets fail. In other words, almost everyone who loses weight eventually regains it. However, it is not losing the weight, but maintaining the weight loss that forms the main challenge. Remember, losing weight is easy, but maintaining it is a serious challenge. Statistics show that dieters find it substantially easier to shed pounds than to maintain weight loss. Read on to learn some simple tips and techniques that will help you successfully maintain weight loss so that you can say goodbye to dieting – forever!
The Best Ways To Maintain Your Weight Loss
- Physical activity: Engaging in 200 minutes a week (average 29 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking.
- Keep moving! Your exercise regimen should stay much the same as it was when you were trying to lose weight and is imperative to keeping that weight off. Food is going to be the Big Deciding Factor in if you gain back your weight, but don’t skimp on exercise. You still need to make it a lifelong habit to keep your metabolism humming.
- Another way to keep your weight under check is by keeping two photographs with you, one when you were really fat and one with your lean look. Carrying the photographs will always warn you of what you were and what measure you had taken to get back to shape.
- Make a list before you shop. The “plan your meals” bit works only if you also write down everything you need before you shop. Again, it’s common sense, but it’s uncommonly used.
- Monitor yourself. Weigh yourself weekly, track calories and/or fat grams; the Internet and smart phone apps make this much easier.
- To maintain weight loss, you’ll want to make realistic and sustainable eating choices, so go ahead and have a slice of pizza. But remember that if you go overboard and scarf down the whole pie, you’ll end up needing to diet again.
- Keep a food journal. It’s the easiest way to get an accurate picture of what is really going on in your diet.
- Drink a lot of water. The water itself may or may not be important for weight control, but the practice of drinking it throughout the day serves as a gentle between-meals reminder.
- Memorize portion sizes. Meat should be the palm of your hand. Fish should be the size of a deck of cards. Rice or pasta: an ice cream scoop. These are what will keep you making proper decisions when nutrition facts aren’t available to you.
- Weigh yourself every day and note down your success or failure towards your maintenance goal. An account of your weight will give you an idea of the areas of concern, knowing which you can rework on your maintenance plan.
Hope you will like these useful weight loss tips. Have you maintained a significant weight-loss? What’s your secret? Or did you regain a loss and learn a valuable lesson? Share your story!