Losing weight is not an easy task, and once you manage to melt away those stubborn fats, keeping those pounds off permanently is what you need to think about.
Weight-Loss And Maintenance Strategies
There are some weight loss and maintenance strategies that will not just maintain by your weight and also help you lose any extra pounds that you gain.
Always eat healthily
Eating healthy every day results in slow but steady weight loss. Including protein, carbohydrates, and fats in a balanced way will help you maintain your weight. Avoid refined products and use foods like grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and lean meat. Sugar, unhealthy oils, and all-white products must be avoided. Cooking fresh meals will enable your body to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Do not over splurge
When we say have one cheat day, it doesn’t mean you order the biggest pizza drooling with cheese, the largest coke, and a whole lot of fries. All these are loaded with excessive calories. The weight gain may not show instantly, but when there is a cheat day every week, then the scales are definitely going to show. Make yourself a treat at home using multigrain products, by adding less sugar or sugar substitutes, by baking instead of frying, etc. This way, you can cheat without adding back your lost weight.
Muscles keep your metabolism high
With age, our muscles tend to shrink, and the weight that we lose tends to come back. To avoid this you must keep building your muscles. Regular exercises, along with some healthy proteins, can help you add new muscles to your body. This way, you will not just keep off any weight gain but also reduce any pounds that you have gained.
Indulge in outdoor activities
Do not stick to the smartphone. People that use excessive phones are usually the ones that tend to gain more weight or never lose weight at all. Most of us have office jobs that involve spending hours sitting on a chair in front of the desktop or laptop. There are limited breaks and hardly any time that you stand or walk.
Since you are already having a stagnant job, utilize the after office hours in some outdoor activities. Mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, playing tennis, football, volleyball, etc. can help you sweat. Not only will you be more active in your daily life, but this also keeps your metabolism high.
The ease of owning personal vehicles can be a boon as well as a curse. Try to limit using transport or your car to go to a grocery store nearby. To get to places that are just 10 or 15 minutes away – you must always walk. Walking is a great way to pump your heart rate and increase the blood flow to it.
It also keeps you on your feet and helps you lose calories. If you have had a cheat day, then consider walking a couple of miles extra to ensure you burn the calories of what you consumed.
Don’t push away your scales under the bed
You have lost weight, you look great, you feel great! But this doesn’t mean you pack away the scales. Lost weight can come back quickly and you wouldn’t even know about it. This is why it is important that you keep a check on your weight always. Make sure to weigh yourself at least once a week. If you find the numbers going up, you know that you need to take control.
Never give up
Get-togethers, family gatherings, friends reunions, vacations, weddings, and parties are all a part of our lives. There may be days when you could mindlessly eat more than what you usually do. This shouldn’t be a set-back to your weight loss journey. You must ensure that you get back to the healthy style of living that you usually do. There will be many ups and downs but you must be a strong-willed individual who will never give up.
Losing weight, especially for someone who is obese, is not an easy job. If you, too have brought about immense changes in your lifestyle, then make sure to follow these tips and keep those pounds off your body always.