Keeping the Weight Off
Something to keep in mind is to not lose weight by doing something you can't keep up forever. Whatever you do to lose the weight, you will have to keep doing to maintain the new weight. Once you reach your goal weight, it is tempting to walk away from your weight loss plan. Be aware! Stabilizing weight loss through a structured maintenance plan is the most important key to success.
UNDERSTAND IT’S A LIFETIME COMMITMENT
It is not only about food and exercise — it is about behaviors, emotions and your way of thinking. People who keep the weight off are able to stay focused and commit to prioritizing their health.
MAINTAIN WEEKLY WEIGH-INS
If you notice a significant gain, ask yourself why this happened? Were you stressed? Did you skip your morning workout? Did you overindulge at the party? Then reflect on what helped you lose weight before. Refocus and recommit to those habits, and you’ll get back on track.
REMEMBER WHY YOU WANT TO BE HEALTHY
If it’s hard to return to healthier habits, take some time to recall your motivation for losing weight in the first place.
TURN TO YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK
Having people you can turn to provides accountability and helps you stick to your healthy lifestyle. This support group can be friends, family, gym buddies or even an online chat. You need people who can lift you up and help to maintain your confidence.
REGULAR RMR TESTING
RMR testing every 4-6 weeks is critical to keeping your weight loss stable. Because your RMR can change with diet and exercise, you will want to keep your numbers current so that you are not overeating. Knowing the correct number of fats, carbs and proteins to eat will make maintaining your weight easier and keep you on the track to maintain the weight you lost and keep it off.