to Maintain Weight Loss
you have started losing weight, it is crucial to think of how to maintain that
weight loss in the days ahead.
may seem hard to believe, but taking the weight off is the easy part. Maintaining
weight loss for good is where the real challenge lies. If you are like me, you
have tried countless diets only to gain the weight back. People lose lots of weight
on diets everyday, but 95% of them gain it back because they have focused only
on the weight loss. They follow the diet until they get to a particular number
on the scale and then shortly after, they go back to the old lifestyle that made
them overweight in the first place. Of course, over time the weight comes right
truth is, almost everyone can lose weight but only 5% keep it off. These are the
Weight Loss Registry's figures, not mine. The WLR followed
highly successful dieters and came up with seven reasons why people were able
to keep the weight off. Here are the seven reasons the dieters were successful
- The dieters accepted
failure and kept on trying.
dieters did not deny themselves--they indulged from time to time.
weighed themselves often.
exercised one hour a day.
added little bits of activity into their daily life.
followed a high carb and low fat diet.
ate 5 meals a day.
I compare my own weight loss success to the list above, I would say I learned
how to maintain weight loss due to the following:
do the best I can with what I have available. Sometimes I am not always in a perfect
situation with the healthiest choices, but I make do with what is there and I
stick to the plan. If I make a not so healthy choice, I don't beat myself up for
eat YUMMY and whole foods. Using the finest ingredients makes the most delicious
meals and has helped me stick to Living Well. If I wanted to indulge, I would
make it from scratch using the healthiest ingredients possible. To me, indulging
does not mean eating junk.
use a tape measure to keep tabs on my weight and occasionally weigh myself.
really struggle with exercising regularly and I have NEVER exercised for one hour
a day consistently. I will do heavy housework and other activities around the
house to get my heart rate up and I try different forms of exercise all the time
because I get bored easily.
think it is vital to get moving every day, somehow, and it doesn't always mean
you have to be in an aerobics class or on some sort of machine to get your heart
eat organic whole foods and healthy oils. I am not sold on the idea that low fat
and high carb is the way to go. High fat is not the answer either, but healthy
oils are not the enemy. The rights oils will actually speed up the metabolism.
eat only 3 meals a day and rarely snack. I do better when I don't snack or graze
on food all day. BUT, you may be different. You have to do what works best for
you and your unique body.
is the MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL I think of the health I have now and my future health
EVERYDAY. I really want to enjoy my older years and I want to be healthy. I don't
want to sit in a rocking chair, talking about all my symptoms and the things that
ail me when I am in my golden years.
Weight Loss Registry tips and my maintenance tips are not the only
path for everyone, but instead are some ideas you can use to come up with your
own way to keep the weight off once you have lost it.
I think it is crucial to focus on your health when changing over to a healthy
lifestyle. So many people are in a hurry to lose weight. They spend their entire
lives putting on the weight, losing the weight temporarily on diets and just want
to get rid of it as fast as possible not taking in consideration their state of
health. I know you have heard this many times before but if you don't have your
health, you don't have much. Being thin will mean nothing to you if you compromise
your health along the way.
if you are losing weight slowly, good for you! The idea here is to take off the
weight and keep it off for good. Even just a couple of pounds a month adds up
over the course of a year. And for those that were doing everything they could
and continuing to gain weight, just stopping that weight gain is a measure of
these tips, you now know how to maintain weight loss. Give yourself time to adjust
to a new and healthy lifestyle and enjoy yourself along the way. A year from now
your body will be thanking you for it!
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