The reason I chose this topic is because it answers a rather popular question.
While there is quite an abundance of information out there geared toward weight loss in and of itself, there doesn’t seem to be as much discussing the act of maintaining it once this goal has been reached.
So today, I’m going to share a few tips with you about how to make sure the hard work you’ve put into changing your lifestyle stays with you.
I’m going to start by discussing the mental aspects weight management, followed by some quick and easy ‘do this, do that’ kind of tips.
The reason for this is because while I can offer you all of the ‘how tos’ that exist in the world, what REALLY matters is…
are you ready for this?…
Your overall mindset and state of being in regard to how you view yourself, life and the world in general.
Your weight issues are a direct result of a Cause – and that Cause is related to the aforementioned statement, whether you realize this or not.
I can give you tips, but unless you are in a mental state of being that allows you to not only absorb the info, but use the advice consistently, you won’t reap the benefits for long.
So on that note, let’s get to it shall we?
Tips to Maintaining Weight Loss
Tip #1 – Develop a Mentality That a Healthy Person Would Naturally Have
Have you noticed the individuals out there who just seem to naturally engage in the behaviors that slim, fit and healthy people exhibit? It’s as if there is no effort involved on their part. They prefer the healthy foods, and they seem to approach the idea of exercise with a sense of enthusiasm.
You might hear them order the jolly green salad from the take out menu because that’s what they really want, and they’ll tell you how they often discover some of their best ideas during a bike ride.
The best way to maintain weight loss is to be like those individuals (at least to the best of your ability).
This means that instead of being someone who chooses the jolly green salad because it’s the right thing to do – BECOME someone who naturally prefers things like a jolly green salad, or something similar.
See the difference?
To maintain weight loss, you have to no longer want to be the person who put the weight on to begin with. Instead, you would want to be someone who thinks the thoughts and engages in the behavior that healthy people do…because this is what your Truth is!
Now does this mean you may have to do some work on thy ‘self’?
Yep, it sure does.
If you continue to do the same things (which always stems from the mind), you will continue to get the same results. It’s called the Principle of Cause and Effect – and it’s immutable.
When your overall mentality is that of someone who really cares about themselves and wants to treat themselves with dignity and respect because this is what makes sense on the deepest level –
You will begin to automatically make choices that offer you the gift of well-being instead of doing things in an effort to “not screw up”.
Tip #2 – Find What You Loved About the Weight Loss Process and Keep it Up
Did you discover that life was easier when you had your meals planned out for the day/week while on your ‘diet’ as opposed to waiting until you were starving and mentally vulnerable before making a useless food choice?
Did you appreciate how AMAZING you felt after a workout?
And the final question – did you stop doing these things once you reached your weight loss goal?
And if so, why?
While it’s easy enough to revert back to old behavior as soon as you’ve gotten what you wanted (because your mentality hasn’t changed), the truth is that this is an ongoing process that lasts a lifetime.
See, you may not know this, but as we age, we naturally lose muscle tissue. This causes a steady and constant decrease in our metabolism – which results in easier weight gain with less effort.
So because of this, it’s important to realize that weight management is really about keeping up with what you were doing to enable weight loss because stopping the beneficial behavior won’t keep you stable – and will eventually set you back.
Having this awareness can serve to help you realize why it’s a good idea to find what you love about the process in an effort to stick with it for a lifetime.
These two tips will work in your benefit because they will help you to internally become the version of yourself you want to continue to experience – which is the most effective and permanent way to go about getting what you want.
And since we’ve covered this, now we’ll go on to the ‘quick and easy’ tips.
8 Simple Rules For Maintaining Your Weight Loss
- Continue to use your weight loss tools as maintenance tools (such as nutrition/fitness trackers and journals).
- Make a realistic workout schedule based on activities you enjoy.
- Mentally revisit the way you felt when you were overweight every now and then as a reminder of why you worked so hard to change your body in the first place.
- Keep healthy foods around at all times and keep your blood sugar stable.
- Avoid having useless foods around as you will most likely eat them for one reason or another.
- Become proficient in how you deal with cravings.
- Keep your stress levels down.
- Physically surround yourself with healthy minded individuals and tools that inspire well-being.
If you do the inner-work discussed in the first part of this post, you’ll find that the quick tips will happen on their own without as much effort.
The key to maintaining weight loss is to become and remain someone who lives and breathes well-being.
Once this becomes your priority, things in your life will begin to revolve around this intention.
Have you lost weight just to regain it later on? If so, what was the reason?