Few things can make you prouder than being able to show off your new body after you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. You’ve worked hard and you want everyone to know it; you want to reap the rewards of your efforts. Now that you’ve shed that excess baggage it’s time to start thinking about how to maintain your ideal weight. After all, you don’t want those pounds to be back. Surprisingly enough, more people regain the weight they loss plus more almost as soon as they lose it mainly because they had no plan for keeping it off. According to Madeline Vann of Everyday Health,
Although gaining the weight back might feel inevitable, it doesn’t have to be. In fact a recent analysis by the National Weight Control Registry found long-term weight maintenance is possible.
Here are a few suggestions on how to keep the weight off and end the battle of the bulge once and for all.
Muscle has a higher metabolism than fat so once you’ve reached your ideal weight you want to start concentrating on toning your muscles. If you really want to keep those pounds off you need to think more about your body’s overall composition. Muscle can burn more calories than fat so if your body is built with more muscle then you’ll have an easier time maintaining your weight. This means you need to add a little weight training to your regular exercise routine. While your exercise routine might be very aerobic without weight training in the mix you’re only working with half the problem.
Manage Your Food Choices
It’s true that you’re not on a diet anymore but that doesn’t meant that you don’t have to watch what you eat. Make sure that the foods you consume will be sure to keep you full for longer periods of time. If you must snack, make sure that you snack on foods that do not simply provide empty calories. While the package may say only 50 or 90 calories for some tasty gem if you have to eat 20 of them in order to feel full you’re not going to do well. Look for foods that are high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins. Meanwhile, avoid those sugary temptations whenever possible.
Have a Meal Plan
More often than not, when you decide your meals on the fly you’re more likely to overeat. But if you have a meal plan that you stick to you’ll know exactly when you’re going out of your target caloric range. You don’t have to stick to the same low calorie count you had been targeting while you were dieting but make sure that you don’t go beyond your recommended caloric intake. Maintaining your weight requires that you be smart about your eating habits. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what you’re going to eat – this way you leave little room for mistakes. You would also want to maintain a good and positive attitude. According to MedicineNet.com,
Once you have achieved a desired weight, a positive attitude is very important in your efforts to successfully manage it. To lose weight permanently, you must make a commitment to gradually adopt a healthier way of life.
It took a lot of hard work and effort to lose the weight you accumulated. You don’t want to waste all of it just because of a little carelessness when it’s all over. By thinking about your new life and your new body you could be motivated enough to do what’s necessary to keep your new physique. Make exercise a part of your daily routine and you’re sure to find that controlling your weight is not only possible but a realistic alternative that matches perfectly with the new and improved you.