You will often hear people saying how keeping the weight off after you reach your goal weight is the hardest part of a diet.
Well, this is probably true as stats say that most people who lose weight tend to regain the lost weight within a few years.
If you do not want to become just another statistic maybe the following tips will help you keep the weight off long term:
#1 – Be active
This is an obvious tip but one that many of us fail to heed.
Losing weight probably involved eating less and getting exercise, yet once we reach our goal these healthy choices immediately go out the window.
If you want to keep the lost weight off you need to continue to be as active as possible or the weight will sadly return.
#2 – Avoid fad diets
Although you may initially lose weight using a fad diet, they often involve unsustainable actions that cannot be maintained long term.
Once you return to your old habits the weight will return.
#3 – Keep track of your weight
Once you reach your goal weight it is not time for you to throw the weighing scales away.
Weight yourself every few weeks to see if you are managing to maintain your weight loss. If you are gaining weight you will see and will be able to make changes before it is too late.
#4 – Take the stairs whenever possible
It can sometimes be difficult to find the time to go to the gym, especially now that you don’t have an excuse to.
However, a great way to burn calories and keep the lost weight off is by being more active in your everyday life. A great way to burn off calories is by taking the stairs instead of being lazy and grabbing the elevator.
#5 – Watch what you eat when dining out
You may have reached your goal weight but if you are not careful you are going to regain all the lost weight, especially if you are unable to control your food choices when dining out.
#6 – Don’t quit the gym
Of course you could cut back on the amount of time you spend in the gym but you cannot simply quit.
Doing so will surely affect the amount of calories you can burn and will result in lost muscle mass and weight gain if you are not careful.
#7 – Drink plenty of water
Drinking water can keep your metabolism running, can flush out those toxins that cause weight gain and can help keep cravings at bay.
Water is a much better option than reaching for a caffeinated drink like Coke.
#8 – Plan your meals
Planning your meals in advance will ensure you do not fall off the wagon and start your love affair with the local takeaway.