Maintaining Weight Loss for the Long Haul
Losing weight is like dating – it’s a lot of getting to know what
works for you and what doesn’t. Maintaining your weight is like getting
married – it’s meant for the long haul. If you’ve ever lost weight only
to regain it (ahem!), you know how frustrating it can be. For many, it
often seems like the real challenge when it comes to health and weight
is not necessarily achieving weight loss, but maintaining the results.
So, to put it in a new-age figurative sense, the biggest challenge on
the weight loss journey begins after losing the weight.
The following tips will help us say, “I do!” to weight loss for the rest of our lives:
- Eat organic foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are full of fiber and make you
feel fuller quicker and longer. They are nature’s miracle weight loss
- Think of it as a lifestyle – this is forever. If you think of the Organic Liaison program
as a lifestyle change and not just a weight-loss plan, you will see
better results over a longer period of time. Commitment to a healthy
lifestyle means committing long-term and not abandoning your good diet
and exercise habits the second you hit your goal weight on the scale.
- Plan your meals. Meal planning is just as important for maintaining weight-loss
results as it is for working towards weight-loss goals. Planning your
meals ahead of time leaves out any guesswork involved in how you should
plan your week, activity level, and splurges. It also saves you time,
money and hassle! If you’re a member, continue to use the Organic Liaison meal planner to help you out.
- Keep track of what you eat. It
seems like a no-brainer, but some of us know all to well how it feels
to lose weight and then feel like the honeymoon stage is over and it’s
time start eating crap and not track calories again. Before you know
it, you have to break out the fat pants once more. You use a meal and
exercise planner even after you’ve met your weight loss goal, until you
can manage to track your intake intuitively. Remember, a healthy
lifestyle is meant to keep you healthy forever.
- Exercise. According to the National Weight Loss Registry
(they keep tabs on people who’ve maintained a loss of at least 30
pounds for at least a year), successful “maintainers” exercise over 200
minutes a week. That’s about half an hour, every day.
- Stay accountable, stay connected. Support is important: The National Weight Loss Registry also found
that people who had a support system were more likely to maintain their
If you’re a member, lean on the Organic Liaison online community and your Chubby Buddy to keep each other accountable and honest. If you are not a member, you can still connect with peers on Phitter,
a 100% free micro-blogging service brought to you by Kirstie and
Organic Liaison, focused on health, fitness, diet, and weight-loss talk.
- Motivate yourself. At the end of the day, you have access to countless people and
resources to keep you on track, but the only person who can make you do
anything is you. Be empowered by that.
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