Losing weight can be a real struggle, but once you have reached your goal weight now is when the real work begins.
How can you keep weight off permanently? Is there a trick?
Unfortunately not, but there are certainly a few tips that can help ensure you keep that lost weight off. Check them out below.
#1: Keep track of your calories
No doubt when you were trying to lose weight you cut your calorie intake, but now that you have reached your goal it is important that you do not slack off too much.
You should still track your calories but you need to try and stay around the number of calories needed to maintain your weight.
To work this out you will need to find out what your BMR is. This Basal Metabolic Rate is the number of calories you need to consume daily to stay at the same weight.
Luckily there are online calculators you can use that can work this number out according to a few statistics.
#2: Eat more plant proteins
Protein is essential for weight loss and for maintaining muscle mass, but certain types are best when it comes to weight maintenance.
In a study it was shown that plant proteins such as those found in beans and lentils were best as they can help to keep your insulin levels steady, which helps prevent hunger.
#3: Keep your activity levels high
Again, along with your diet no doubt you also made exercise a habit when attempting to lose weight.
So, to maintain your weight it makes sense to continue your regime.
Remember regular exercise is also good for your overall health too.
#4: Take time to relax
Stress can have a negative impact on your weight as it can mess with the hormones that control your appetite.
For example, stress can lower the amount of leptin produced, which will leave you feeling hungrier.
Also, stress can cause an increase to your insulin and cortisol levels too, which will cause your metabolism to slow, as well as an increase to your appetite, which is never a good combination.
#5: Weigh yourself often
To ensure you are maintaining your weight you need to keep track of it.
This means that you should weigh often, but not too often. Once a week is sufficient, as you do not want to become obsessed with your weight.
If you are gaining weight then this weekly weight in will tell you that you need to make a few changes.
Leaving it too long will leave you unhappy that all your previous hard work has gone to waste.