So you used a fast diet to drop some unnecessary pounds, but now you are worried about keeping the weight off as you go back to your regular eating schedule. Here are some useful tips that can help you maintain your new slimmer physique for a lifetime.
1. Get Rid of Your Bigger Clothes
If you are serious about maintaining your weight, once you get to the point that you are happy, you need to get rid of all your larger sizes so that you don’t have any other clothing to turn to if you start gaining weight again. Economic reasons can be a powerful incentive to keep the pounds off. And also, nothing motivates people more than when their pants begin to feel a little tighter. If you have no other larger clothes to turn to, most times you will take quicker action. This means it is time to watch what you are eating and ramp up at the gym.
2. Don’t Purchase Junk Food
If you keep foods in your house that are tempting to you, chances are in your time of weakness you will abuse them. Even if you don’t think now that these foods will pose a problem, the sooner you get rid of them, the sooner you will have more security in your ability to keep the extra weight off long term.
3. Weigh Yourself Daily
By keeping close track of your weight, you can be sure to spot anytime that you weight is up 3 pounds or more for an extended period of time. This should be a warning to you to take immediate action to stop weight gain. If it is really frustrating to follow your daily fluctuations on the scale, pick a few days a week that you weigh yourself and track your weight accordingly.
People who exercise regularly have the best success at keeping weight off and maintaining a healthy weight throughout their lives. Even just increasing daily activity or brisk walking around the neighborhood, making a serious effort to get your heart rate up every day through 30 minutes of physical activity can not only help you maintain your weight, but can improve your overall health and well being. It also gives you a healthy outlet for stress and leads you to reach for food less.
5. Keep a Food Diary
For at least the first 90 days after your diet, keep a food diary to chronicle what you are eating. This will help you determine if you are including any extras into your diet or having any problem eating areas. If you recognize a problem with your behavior or eating in your diary, you can often make simple changes to break the pattern and keep you maintaining your weight before you gain too much.
Use these tips to maintain your new weight after your fast diet. By setting rules for yourself and working to stick by them, you can give yourself the best reward – a slimmer, more satisfied you every time you look in the mirror.