Whether you are still on your weight loss journey or have successfully reached your healthy weight, it is important to know what you can do to maintain the healthy weight. Below are helpful tips from those who have successfully lost weight and maintained their goal weight.
Watch Your Diet
Follow a healthy eating plan and keep up the positive eating habits. Studies have shown that those who lost weight and maintained for almost a year continued to eat a diet that was low in calories compared to their diet prior to losing weight. When you feel yourself falling off course, try incorporating the same tools and habits you were having success with. For example, your food journal will not only help you regain focus but going back to meals you ate when losing weight may help. Life can never be planned so expect some setbacks but don’t get discouraged.
Keep the eating patterns well maintained and consistent, plan ahead for vacations, special occasions and even weekends. If you have a plan then it is more possible for you to have healthy foods included in case your routine changes.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Those who have lost weight found breakfast was key. Jump start your metabolism for the day, avoid becoming too hungry or overeating later in the day.
Make sure to stay physically active. People who have maintained their weight mostly engage in about 60-90 minutes of physical activity on a regular basis while also keeping an eye on the calorie intake. Can’t commit to an hour of physical activity at one time? Adjust your activities to 20-30 minutes of exercise a couple times a day. Cardio is more effective when done in 30+ min increments.
Monitor the Weight
Check your weight regularly. It is a good idea to keep track of your weight loss so you can plan ahead accordingly and make the necessary adjustments in your activity and diet. This is helpful to keep your motivation and know if there is a setback, you will be able to take back control be able to get back on track successfully.
Get Support from Others
It is helpful for family and friends to continue to support you. Having a friend or a partner who is also trying to lose weight can help you stay motivated and actively focused.