So you’ve made it past the first big hurdle- you’ve decided to change your lifestyle. For good. You’ve been exercising regularly, you’re eating well, and you’re feeling great. And, if you’ve managed to lose some weight along the way, then you’re probably wondering about the best way to keep it off permanently. That’s the problem that a lot of people have with dieting- they tend to lose weight quickly but then gain it all back (and possibly more) once they resume their normal eating habits. So what are some ways to ensure that you stay on track with your health goals? Well, here are some tips to get you started:
#1: Try to keep your “diet” realistic.
Is it possible to lose weight if you’re eating nothing but cabbage, grapefruit, and plain chicken breasts? Absolutely. In fact, weight will probably fall right off of you. However, as was said previously, the issue comes into play when you start eating normally again. J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., a co-investigator at the Registry and an assistant professor of research at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, says, “If you lose weight on a very unusual diet, for example where you’re only eating one type of food or you’re on a liquid meal plan, it can make it more difficult to transition to maintenance. You maybe know what to do for weight loss, but then you have to relearn what to do to eat a normal healthy diet.” Ideally, your transition from weight loss to weight management should be practically seamless, because you don’t really need to change the way that you eat. If you stick to a diet full of whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, then you should be fine.
#2: Keep up with your exercise routine.
On average, it takes about two hundred minutes of physical activity per week in order to maintain a goal weight. That means that even if you’ve managed to lose all of the weight that you were hoping to, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by giving up your exercise regimen. Keep at it in order to keep that weight off for good.
#3: Find people with similar goals to support you.
By nature, humans are social creatures. We thrive off of feeling a sense of community. Therefore, when you’re attempting to change your lifestyle, finding a person or people who can help and support you throughout your journey can be practically priceless. If you already have a friend who maintains an active and healthy lifestyle, recruit them for weekly exercise dates so that they can keep you accountable and on track. If you don’t, consider joining an exercise club in your area, where you can meet people with similar goals as your own.
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