Maintaining Your Weight Loss—Dealing with the Real Weight Loss Challenge

Losing weight is
a challenge. All of us know that. However, making sure that the lost weight
remains lost is even harder than losing that weight in the first place. If you
have already successfully lost weight, how do you make sure that you maintain
your weight loss over the years and thus keep yourself safe from obesity?

This article
will give you some practical advice from health and fitness experts working in
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on maintaining weight
loss. Read on to benefit from them.

5 tips on maintaining your weight loss

1. Always keep in mind the reason you want to lose weight

For as long as your motivation for losing weight is alive, you will
always keep finding ways to maintain your weight loss. There has to be a set of
reasons behind your weight loss routines for you to successfully stick to them.
What good reasons can you have for weight loss? First of all, you need to lose
weight to prevent obesity or overweight problems. Did you know that obesity
kills? Not only does obesity affect one’s self-confidence and self-image, but
it also affects one’s physical health. Those who are obese are most likely to
suffer from chronic diseases such as heart problems, diabetes mellitus, and
cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight also contributes to having a desirable body
figure, which in turn boosts your morale. It is, therefore, in your body’s best
interests that you keep the extra pounds off your body weight.

2. Always make sure to watch
what you eat

It can be tempting to splurge on whatever dish or treat you crave
for after you have given up on them for the sake of your weight loss diet. You
might tell yourself that you can now feast on calorie-rich food because you
have already achieved your desired weight. Be careful about such thought! Many
individuals who have initially lost weight have found themselves gaining more
pounds than they lost because of such thinking. So, to keep your extra pounds
from finding their way back to your weight, make sure to stick to a diet plan
that you know you can live with. If you
have unrealistic diet plans, you will most likely fail to see that plan through
for a year or more.
Fill your diet plan with healthful foods such as fruits and
vegetables, keeping in mind the formula for a healthy plate. Experts say that a
healthy plate is one with fruits and vegetables taking half of the serving and
the other half equally divided between whole grains and good protein sources.
As you know, fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and a whole load
of antioxidants that keep your body in excellent condition and your immune
system ready to fight free radicals. Whole grains also contain a high level of
dietary fiber, which does not only add to the bulk of your food but also helps
regulate your blood cholesterol and pressure levels. Good protein sources such
as fish, beans, dairy products, and chicken, can help promote healthy growth
and development. Sticking to the formula for a healthy plate will thus minimize
the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese as well as reduce the risk of
developing chronic disease.
Some individuals have also found that taking organic products to
help them maintain weight the healthy way is effective. Products containing fucoxanthin extracts have helped thousands of
individuals achieve their weight management goals. However, a word of caution
on such products is in order. Do not take any product without first consulting
your doctor on the matter.

3. Stay physically active

Without any regular physical activity, your body cannot burn the
calories you consume every day, no matter how healthy they may be. It is thus
very important that you do not live a sedentary lifestyle so that you do not
have weight management problems. If your concept of physical activity is simply
flipping through your favorite television channels while bringing up food to
your mouth, you have no hope of keeping
your weight off. What kind of physical activities do fitness experts recommend
that you take?
Experts say that activities such as walking, jogging, running,
biking, swimming, and dancing, are great ways to maintain weight loss. How long
should you engage in such activities in a day? 30 minutes of physical routines
is sufficient in maintaining your body active and physically fit. Keep in mind
that you do not have to exhaust yourself too much or strain your body beyond
its limits for you to become physically fit. Unless you are training for the
Olympics, you can keep your exercise moderate. Make sure that you choose to
engage in physical activities that you enjoy so that you will not find yourself
giving up on them.

4. Always monitor your habits

When it comes to maintaining weight loss, consistency of habits is
the key. Without consistency, the chances are high that you will fail to keep
your weight off. So, make sure to monitor your habits and the progress you are
making in terms of weight management. If you observe that you are slipping back
into an unhealthy lifestyle and starting to gain pounds, do everything that you
can so you could get back on track immediately. Make the adjustments in your
lifestyle that you think are necessary to weight management.
For instance, if you notice that you are more likely to eat
unhealthy foods during travel, why don’t you make it a point to pack your food
and bring it with you? In that way, you minimize the number of times when you
have to feed yourself with unhealthy calories just because there seems to be no
other food choice.

5. Get morale support

Taking on a challenge becomes easier to handle when you know that
people around you are supportive of your goals than when no one is trying to
encourage you.  So, make it a point to
surround yourself with family and friends who are supportive of your fitness
goals. Research proves that individuals who have supportive family members and
friends are more successful in keeping their weight off than those who do not.

Author Bio

Ashley Sotelo is
a pro-active health enthusiast; she does research for various leading health
companies–focusing mainly on the different alternative treatments available
for chronic illnesses. Writing health articles has grown to become her passion,
becoming the author of roughly a hundred of such articles and currently writing
at BRI Nutrition whose sole purpose is to provide natural and safe supplements.
When she is not writing or engaging in her regular fitness routine, she could
be found curled up in a nook and reading her favorite books.

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