6 tips on how to maintain weight after a weight loss
Congratulations! You've lost the weight — and deserve a lot of credit for your hard work and determination. But now it's time to shift gears and make sure the pounds don't come creeping back. While maintaining your new weight after a weight loss can feel daunting, it's all about making simple changes to routine habits, consistently, one step at a time. These six tips on how to maintain weight can help.
- Exercise regularly If you haven't made exercise a habit, now is the time to start. To make it more manageable, seek out activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming or even joining a recreational basketball league. Break exercise into chunks of time that work best for you, while aiming to include physical activity in your daily routine. Lifting weights on a regular basis can also help preserve muscle mass, which may help with weight maintenance.
- Lean on your support network From family to friends to co-workers to your weight loss support group, having others you can count on can help boost the likelihood that you'll stick with your weight maintenance goals. Support groups can also help hold you accountable and even be your partner on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
- Learn to manage stress Since stress can be a trigger for binge or impulse eating, it's important to find ways to manage stress that don't involve food. For example, you could call a friend, go for a walk, meditate or work on a favorite hobby.
- Aim to eat a healthy diet Skipping meals or following a diet that's too restrictive can be difficult to keep up over time. Try focusing on a long-term approach to eating healthier foods, including fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber. Staying hydrated by drinking water throughout the day may also help promote a feeling of fullness.
- Step on the scale often While it might sound counterintuitive, weighing yourself on a regular basis can help keep you aware of your progress, reinforcing your healthy habits.
- Get your zzz's Sleep deprivation can be a risk factor for weight gain. When you're tired and your energy is zapped, you may be more likely to make poor choices which can lead to overeating.
Be consistent with healthy habits
Keep in mind that despite your best intentions, setbacks can happen when it comes to maintaining your weight loss. But try not to get discouraged. By staying committed to making healthy habits part of your routine, you can get back on track.
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