8 Tricks to Keep Fat Off FOREVER
You’ve taken the pounds off — congratulations! But now, the real journey begins. Transitioning from weight loss to maintenance can be just as hard as losing the weight was in the first place. Fortunately, we’re here to help! Read on for all you need to know…
Keep Yourself Active
You probably reached your weight loss goal by adding in more activity to your life. Whether it was hitting the gym, jogging regularly, or just some random fun way that got you moving — it was an important part of your success.
So now that you’re able to fit into that pair of skinny jeans, why go back to the lazy lifestyle that got you there? Enjoy your newfound body, and reward yourself by having fun with it. Take a dance class, go for regular long walks, whatever — just keep moving!
Weigh Yourself Weekly
You certainly don’t want to turn it into an obsession, but once you’ve achieved your desired body it’s important to continue to weigh yourself regularly. Pick a regular time each week where you’ll check your weight, like Sunday morning for example.
Far too many people who have lost weight have slowly regained it (and then some) over time. By weighing yourself regularly, you’ll avoid letting the fat sneak back up on you and can take action to tighten up your habits before any real weight has been regained.
Hang an Old Picture Somewhere
Once you’ve gotten used to seeing the hot, slim new you in the mirror, it can be easy to forget just how far you’ve come. Keep a reminder picture of yourself from before your weight loss someplace where you’ll see it regularly.
It doesn’t have to be somewhere out in the open (like on the fridge), or even anywhere that you’ll see it every single day. Just make sure that at least a few times a week you’ll be reminded just how important it is to stick to the lifestyle changes that got you here!
Watch Your Portions
When you started your weight loss journey, you surely made some changes with your food. And not just in what choices you made, but how much you were actually eating at each meal as well. Once you’ve reached your target weight, it’s easy to start piling more on your plate.
But that is the absolute last thing you want to do! Keep controlling your portions to avoid overeating that leads to fat gain. An easy tip to remember is to eat slowly and enjoy conversation while eating, as your brain takes up to 20 minutes to signal that you’re full.
Keep Watching Your Calories
While we’re on the subject of your food intake, just keeping an eye on your portions won’t be enough. Hopefully, you made keeping a food journal part of your initial weight loss. Done correctly, this was likely a quick, easy process towards the end.
Don’t stop now! By continuing to maintain your habit of tracking your food, you’ll keep yourself mindful of the good eating habits that allowed you to lose the weight in the first place like not taking in too many calories, and getting plenty of protein.
Drink Plenty of Water
One of the easiest ways to let the weight creep back up on you is to re-introduce calorie-packed lattes and sodas to your life (even diet sodas are bad). Don’t let them get the best of you by keeping your daily water intake high.
Drinking water helps prevent hunger, but there’s more to it than that. It will also help you to keep the pounds off by speeding up your metabolism and boosting your body’s ability to burn fat.
A study by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking just 17 ounces of water increased metabolism by 30% in both men and women. So be sure to always keep a cool glass of water nearby!
Hit Those Weights!
Want to not just keep the weight off, but also make the most out of your body? Exercising with weights will give you the beautiful, toned look we’re all after, and also has the excellent added benefit of increasing your resting metabolism.
This means you’ll burn more calories each day, making it much easier to prevent putting the fat back on. If you’re not comfortable heading into the weights section of the gym, start with pushups and a simple dumbbell routine at home.
Oh, and be sure to pin this in case you need some helpful reminders about keeping the weight off down the road! 🙂