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Lasting Weight Loss

Many who lose weight regain it. With the weight gain comes ten or twenty extra pounds on top of their highest weight before. Why does this happen? It is partly based on perception.

When we lose weight we have a goal. We want to be healthier, slimmer, and more energetic, or we want to decrease the amount of medications we take for medical conditions. There is something to look forward to at the end of the journey.

When the end is reached, the motivation is gone. Some return to old eating or sedentary habits and that leads to weight gain again. Losing and regaining weight is a vicious cycle that can take a toll on your body over time. So, the important point here is to find ways to sustain the weight loss you have achieved.

How to Make Weight Loss Permanent

Instead of asking how to lose weight, ask how to maintain the loss for the rest of your life. Here are some tips.

* Change your thinking – See weight loss as only half the journey. The second half of your goal is to find a way to incorporate the same habits that helped you lose weight into a long-term maintenance program. Weight loss is not a diet plan, but a lifestyle change to be followed as long as you live.

* Eat breakfast – This is the most important meal of the day. After such a long respite, the body needs fuel to keep the metabolism stoked. Eating first thing in the morning helps to fight cravings throughout the day and keep blood sugar levels steady.

* Exercise – Exercise is a great equalizer. In our minds, if we sweat for an hour or longer each day, eating something that is full of fat negates all of your work. Most are not willing to do that. Also, regular exercise makes it easier to increase your intensity if you notice that you are gaining weight.

* Plan splurges – Losing weight should have some benefit. You don’t have to give up foods you love, just cut back on the portion. By setting specific times to do this you can avoid overeating. This also makes healthy eating the norm.

* Allow mistakes – We all slip at one time or another. A pity party can lead to weight gain and loss of motivation. Recognize the mistake; accept it and move on.

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