If you have recently met a weight loss goal, congratulations! You’ve done the hardest part, but next comes the longest part. Too often, people take weight off, but then go back to their old habits and watch the weight come right back on. This is not good for the person’s self-image, nor is it good for health have continuous weight fluctuations over a lifetime. The following are some things that you need to do in order to maintain all of the hard work that you’ve done.
Exercise is important if you are to stay fit and healthy. Not all exercise has to be boring, either. There are so many options now. At many gyms and health clubs, there are spinning classes, yoga, tai chi, group power, kickboxing, and many other things that you can try. There is something for almost everyone! Your workout need not be limited to the gym, either. You can go to the pool and swim, go walking with a friend, take a hike, ski or snowboard, ride a bicycle, or even remember the fine art of hula hoop. There are also plenty of indoor things that you can do right at home, such as fitness videos, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, or free weights.
Eating habits can be very hard to change, but there are so many new products on the market today that incorporate health, even into snacking. You need to be getting plenty of lean protein, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables in your diet. Invest in some healthy cookbooks, so that you can try out some new recipes that will keep your diet from becoming boring. Drink plenty of water, too, as this will keep your digestive system functioning at its best.
Be sure that you are taking a multi-vitamin daily, preferably a liquid one as these will be absorbed by the body much more effectively than the pill form will. Up to seventy percent of the actual vitamins in pill form will be expelled from the body before they are ever absorbed. In addition to this, you should also take a fiber and a calcium supplement daily.
*Photos and Pictures
Keep some photos of yourself from before the weight loss on hand to look back at when you are feeling like building this new lifestyle isn’t worth it. Take some current pictures of yourself to hold against them and compare. This will help you to stay motivated and on track.
What it all comes down to is lifestyle. A diet can get rid of the weight, but it is going to take lifelong change to keep it off for good. It was a lifestyle that got you the excess weight in the first place, right? Therefore, that same lifestyle can’t be returned to or the weight is going to return, as well. By practicing the above suggestions, you will be able to ensure that you are going to be able to keep that weight off for a lifetime.