How to maintain weight loss. We talk so much about how to lose weight and how to kick start our metabolisms, but what actually happens when we lose weight? What do you have to do to actually keep it off? Considering that many of us spend years yo-yo dieting, it’s very obvious that this is extremely tough do. If you are just starting your weight loss journey read this first.
HOW TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT LOSS
Know your new caloric intake. Now that you are trying to maintain your weight, you’ll find that you need to adjust your caloric intake. Keep in mind that it might take a bit of time before you can approximate your number, especially if you are keeping up with regular workouts. There are many calorie calculators, like this one (click here), that you can use to help determine your ideal range.
Continue making smart choices. This will not be easy, but then again your weight loss journey probably wasn’t either. When maintaining your weight loss, keep a food and workout journal. This way, if you start getting off track, you’ll be able to quickly nip it in the bud. Another trick is to plan your meals ahead. Sit down every week and put together healthy meal ideas that are realistic and that you can stick to. This way you won’t be left scrambling at the last minute when there might not be healthy choices available. If you were actively working out this isn’t the time to slow down. Keep moving to feel good and stay fit.
Don’t get too comfortable. Once you’ve reached your desired weight, it’s super easy to get comfortable in your new habits. Instead, give yourself incentives to maintain. If you go a month without your weight changing (keep in mind that small fluctuations are normal and your weight will change a bit during the course of the month), celebrate. Go for a manicure or get that new workout top you’ve had your eye on, just don’t splurge on dinner. Another fantastic motivator is to tape before and after photos on your fridge.
Know why you overate in the first place. Take some time to figure out and recognize why you were overeating in the first place. Whether it was boredom or stress or something else, there was a reason for it. When you feel yourself getting stressed out, don’t head to the fridge, instead go for a walk, read a book do anything to distract yourself.
If you are trying to maintain your weight, it’s not that different in theory than when you are trying to lose weight. Don’t get overwhelmed, just expect to make small, smart choices every day. If you get derailed, know that it happens. Just take a moment to remember how good you feel when you are working out and eating well and get back to your great habits.
What are your tips for maintaining weight loss?
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