Tips for making your weight loss permanent!

Congratulations on your weight loss…now the challenge is keeping it off for good!

All the lifestyle changes you made to lose the weight, i.e., regular exercise, eating healthy and frequent meals, watching calorie intake, etc. are now your new routine for as long as you intend to keep the weight off. If one of these changes falls by the wayside…so will your weight.

To maintain your weight loss, you must accept that this is your new lifestyle of eating healthy and being more physically active. To help maintain your new weight, focus on all the positive benefits that have come from your weight loss: feeling better, looking better, having more energy, fitting into smaller sizes, getting off medications, a lower/healthier blood pressure, and sleeping better.

Don’t think of your weight loss efforts as dieting, but rather as shifting into a new gear in which you’re adopting small, realistic lifestyle changes that make you feel and look your best!

So how do you beat the odds of the stories we hear so often of gaining all the weight back? Here are some tips from successful weight losers that have kept it off:

1. They follow a relatively low fat, calorie-controlled diet; controlling portions and eating meals containing lean protein and vegetables. limit the variety of foods you eat, simplify your diet and make it easier to not overeat.

2. They follow a consistent pattern of eating from day to day, even on holidays. This establishes a routine, and even though there is room for splurges, this set eating plan is the cornerstone of their success. Since everyone needs a special treat once in awhile, plan your splurges in advance.

3. Successful weight loss maintainers eat frequently, every 3 to 4 hours, or 4 to 5 times a day. Frequent eating helps you control your blood sugar and manage your appetite. And make sure to drink plenty of water or, because being thirsty is sometimes confused with hunger and extra fluids can help take the edge off your appetite.

4. They start the day with a healthy breakfast; whether it be a meal or meal replacement shake/bar. This is an essential step to get your metabolism going and to help you perform better throughout the day.

5. They keep active, exercising for at least 30 minutes each day. Exercise not only burns calories and shapes those muscles, it’s a great stress reliever. So go to the gym, pop in an exercise DVD like P90X, play some basketball, or do whatever it takes to boost your heart rate each day.

6. This is a BIG one. Successful losers get on the scale regularly, whether it’s daily, every other day, or weekly. When the scale goes up…step up the activity and tighten up the calories.

The longer you keep the weight off…the more likely you are to keep it off for good!

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