So you have stuck with your diet and exercise program, and you shed that extra 20 pounds. You finaly feel comfortable in a swimsuit and you bought smaller pants. Now you can eat whatever you want, right? Not quite. To keep off the weight you have lost, you will need to continue healthy habits, or else you will gain the weight back, and maybe even more.
Tips to maintain weight loss:
- Change your attitude. View exercise and healthy eating as lifestyle changes, not temporary fixes. Take pride in living a healthy lifestyle.
- Include your family. It is more difficult to stay on the bandwagon if everyone around you is tempting you with snacks and goodies. Encourage healthy eating for your spouse and your children.
- Experiment with recipes. Try out different, healthy recipes. Try a new fruit or vegetable. Substitute different grains and flours in your baking. Cooking can be fun and exciting when you are open-minded to trying out new foods and ideas.
- Try a new workout. If you always walk, try alternating some jogging into your walking regimen. This will help boost your metabolism. Try strength training to tone your muscles. Try a yoga or Pilates class.
- Have fun with your exercise. Find something that you enjoy doing. Dancing can help burn calories. Crank up your music and move to the beat. Join a Zumba class for cardio exercise and toning. Try a belly dancing class.
- Include your family. Try convincing your spouse to workout with you. Play basketball, tag and tennis with your kids. Show them how exercise is good for them, and how fun it can be.
- Get a workout partner. Finding the motivation to work out by yourself can be tough. If you have a workout partner, you will feel accountable to them to show up for workouts, and the time during your workout will fly by.
- Invest in a few sessions with a personal trainer. Personal trainers can motivate and encourage you, as well as give you tips and new exercises to do.
- Join a weight loss support group. Weight Watchers provides tips on diets and allows people to encourage others on their weight loss and weight management journeys.
- Track your progress. Keep an exercise and food journal. Remind yourself of the goals you have met.
- Train for an event. Are you a runner? Consider signing up for a 5k walk/run. Train for a full marathon if you want to. If you are a strength trainer, consider training for a figure or bodybuilding competition.
- Compete against yourself. Try to beat your current walk or run time. Increase the number of pushups or pull-ups you can do.
Variety is the essence of life. Switch up your current routines and meals and try out something new.
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