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How to Maintain Weight Loss
February 14, 2019
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How to Maintain Weight Loss

Weight loss is an arduous task that requires commitment, consistency, and agility. Maintaining weight loss can be just as difficult. If you successfully lost weight, congratulations you’re amazing. Studies indicate that approximately 30% of weight loss strategies adopted by individuals fail within the first few months. You’ve beaten the odds, now you’ve just got to keep those pounds off. So how do you maintain weight loss? Hopefully, these tips will help.

The health benefits associated with an effective weight loss plan are profound. aside from this health perspective, weight loss has a positive effect in improving one’s self-esteem, social strata, employment opportunities, and improved drive for completion of physical, mental, and psychological tasks that were previously difficult.

However, in spite of these positive weight loss outcomes, the most difficult tasks are maintaining a long-term weight loss plan. Majority of people who engage in long term plans usually fail due to a variety of factors that are both internal and external. Therefore, prior to engaging in a long-term weight loss plan, one needs to understand some of these barriers to sustainable plan execution and results outcomes. This means that the individual should engage in a self-realization strategy that strives to identify these barriers, and formulate ways and methodologies for countering their effects. However, there is a universal plan and set of guidelines for enhancing a sustainable long-term weight loss.

Consistent Exercise

Physical activity is essential for burning off calories, fats, and sugars stored in the body. This ensures that the body maintains a healthy balance of body and muscle mass that is consistent with an outlined weight value. Additionally, the workouts are important in controlling the effects of that occasional indulgence in high-calorie food with lots of fats. The physical workouts can be scheduled to be performed at least once or twice a week through such activities as weight lifting, walking, running, stretching, and dancing.

Keep a Food Journal

One of the easiest ways to maintain weight loss is to check in every now and then to see what you’re eating. Maybe extra carbs are sneaking in or inflammatory ingredients. There are so many apps available for tracking macros. You can use pen and paper. You can even work with a nutritionist, doctor, or coach.

Drink Water

Water has been known for diluting toxins within the body, which eases their excretion. Water also improves the metabolism rate hence increasing the body’s ability to control intake of unhealthy foods that may cause weight gain. Therefore, take that extra glass of water daily, it may just be the difference between losing, gaining or maintaining your weight.

Get Support

Seeking help from friends, work colleagues, or family members is important in maintaining a weight loss plan. Engaging in support groups for weight loss and associating with people losing weight can be important for offering support towards ensuring that one maintains a weight loss plan, and does not dissuade from it. Keep challenging yourself

Merely maintaining the above strategies cannot guarantee a sustainable long-term weight loss outcome. It is important to ensure that one does not only remain consistent in their plan but also seek to challenge your strategy by overdoing it every time. for instance, walking that extra mile daily, taking a stricter diet, setting more stringent monthly, weekly, or yearly goals, and adding more veggies and fruits to your meals. All these will ensure that your weight has a consistent reduction, rather than maintaining a consistent figure over time.

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Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition counselor, consultant, and educator. Heather is currently a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner candidate at the Nutrition Therapy Insititute and advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and self-directed healthcare. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for improved health and wellness. Heather successfully avoided radiation and chemotherapy and healed her body of vulvar cancer utilizing a food-as-medicine approach combined with conventional interventions such as surgery. Heather has also put two autoimmune diseases into remission (Hashimotos and Lichen Sclerosus) and reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver through diet and lifestyle change.

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