When you reach your fitness goals, it is one of the most incredibly uplifting moments you experience. It is when all of your hard work, sweat, and tears pay off.
Wouldn’t you want to keep that weight off and maintain a healthy weight to preserve the results you’ve gotten?
By reaching your fitness goals you’ve won half the battle and believe me, it is the hardest part. Maintaining a weight and keeping your results is easy if you know how to do it and to help you out I’ll share with you some of the same strategies I use to maintain a healthy weight.
The Simple Way to Keep Your Body in Shape
By following these simple strategies you can keep the weight off permanently. When you reach your goals you can tone your diet and exercise program down a little bit, but you can’t let your guard down.
- Practice Moderation – Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite foods and desserts like attempted to while losing weight you can bring them back into your diet in moderation. Let’s face it, there’s no way you can swear off your favorite foods forever. I know I will never swear off chocolate and ice cream. I just tend to take smaller portions than I did before and less often. You’ll be surprised at how effective it can be.
- Eat Less Food More Often – I find that eating smaller portions, but at greater frequency throughout the day keeps me feeling full for most of the day without eating more calories. This is also a strategy I found beneficial doing while I was losing weight.
- Find Your Perfect Balance – To maintain a healthy weight you can’t limit your calorie intake too much and you cannot eat too many calories so you need to find a baseline that is just right for maintaining your weight.
- Snack Smart – Chances are if you’ve made progress on your fitness goals that you’ve either cut out snacks completely or are smart about the kinds of snacks you eat. You need to continue to stick it out if you want to keep the results. If you’re hungry go for trail mix over cookies, or nuts over chips for example.
- Eat Simple – Eating simple whole foods are important to eating healthier. You should avoid unnecessary artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
- Stay Hydrated – Sometimes when you feel hungry you may in fact just be thirsty. Staying hydrated not only avoids the confusion of whether you’re hungry or thirsty, but drinking water is also an excellent appetite suppressant that can keep your cravings in check.
- Analyze Your Plate – This is one of my favorite ways to fix any issues with my diet and I do this from time to time. Look at your plate before you’re going to eat it and analyze its nutritional content. Is it all high carb food? High in fat? Are you eating too little protein? These are some of the questions that you can ask that can prevent an unhealthy diet from creeping into your lifestyle and destroy the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
- Don’t Be Afraid of Leftovers – Expect to bring home leftovers from restaurants instead of chowing down on the entire serving they give you. What I always typically do when I go out to eat is I’ll eat about half my meal and box up and save the other half for dinner the next day.
- Stay Motivated – It is important you find ways to continue to stay motivated. This is very important and cannot be overlooked. The biggest cause of people packing on the pounds again is they think they’re done and as a result lose their motivation that drove them to succeed in the first place.
Use Your ‘How to Guide’ to Succeed
Now that you’ve got all the strategies to follow in order to keep the weight off it’s now time you go out there an apply them.
Oh and if these techniques sound like the same techniques you’d use while you attempt to reach your fitness goals you’re right, they are, but to a lesser degree. For instance, I love to eat pizza, macaroni and cheese, and other food we’d consider unhealthy. However, at times it is not a bad thing to indulge in my favorite foods from time to time. You don’t have to completely give up your favorite foods to stay fit. You just need to be smart about it.
So try not to torture yourself while maintaining your weight, but also don’t let you’re guard down either.
What’s the biggest struggle you’ve faced while trying to maintain a healthy weight?