When many people decide to go on a diet, their ultimate goal is getting to a dream weight. We all know that this is enough of a battle in itself, but the real challenge begins when you try to keep the weight off. Without the right mindset and determination, you can end up yo-yoing backwards and forward which can be extremely frustrating and disheartening. Though there is no easy solution, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself on the right track.
Lower Calorie Eating
Whether you have lost the weight gradually over time, or have used a dieting technique like the shock diet, you will need to set a plan in place so you don’t pile all the weight back on overnight. Create a weekly food plan, possibly with the support of a personal trainer or nutritionist, and stick to this as closely as possible. Studies have also shown that people who eat a good breakfast are more likely to control their weight. This is because it helps you avoid getting hungry and snacking too much.
Before you go to the supermarket, write out a list so you know exactly what you are buying beforehand and are less likely to pick up snacks or fatty foods you don’t need. Try to update your plan on a weekly basis as it’s likely you will need to build in changes to your routine like eating out or going on holiday.
It’s likely that you had a fitness regime that you stuck to when you were losing the weight, so you will need one to keep it off as well. Remember to build this up over time and not let it stagnate as your body will become used to it and it won’t have the same effect. Also, try to build in some variety so you don’t get bored and lose motivation. Take up a new sport or enrol in a new fitness class. This will help to focus your mind and give you new goals to strive for.
Monitor Your Weight
Weigh yourself on a regular basis so you don’t miss any major changes and can identify what the causes are. Remember, minor fluctuations in your weight are something that happens on a day to day basis so don’t worry too much if you notice slight changes. Keep these written down as part of your log as well, and see how any changes to your diet and fitness regime make a difference.
This could be from your personal trainer, friends or family members. Having a support network is so important for keeping you motivated. It’s even better if you have one or two workout buddies. We all have days when we simply can’t be bothered to exercise. You need someone who will be there for you on those days – and you can drag them out of the house on the days they don’t feel like moving too!