Saturday, July 06, 2013
I read a blog that really made me think about maintenance. I read that after working hard to get to a goal it will allow you to eat the items you love.
The thought was going back to it will allow you to be able to stay on track
My opinion is once you can leave the foods that got you there in the first place I think they should stay avoided.
This was my immediate reaction reply.
Once you get in the habit of LABEL READING you will be amazed at the shelf life garbage in there. The shelf life, preservatives and flavor enhancements are chemicals our body does not need, A lot of it is addictive.
Learn to substitute your own favorite foods. Make them, Freeze them and Portion control them.
THE WORD CONTROL IS KEY!!!
Control what you BUY. Control what you Prepare for your family. Control what you eat and of course portion control.
Look at the practical side of that. It helps your wallet to become fatter and your body leaner.
Avoid processed foods they are the result of us wanting year round availability of everything and it works. People buy and become so accustomed to those foods they cannot get them out of their mind.
Once you find YOUR own satisfying foods it is much easier and maintenance should be a walk in the Park.
If you are hoping to get to maintenance to eat those things that got you over healthy weight in the first place, you are overly prioritizing the goal.
The goal is to eat healthy and change your priorities.
Often maintenance is the time others do just that and then they come back needing to start the process over again.
That is the dreaded YO-YO effect. Put the bad choices behind you and find your new good choices.
It takes will power and determination at first, however eventually it becomes a healthier lifestyle.
These have been my priorities even when I was stuck on a weight loss plateau well over a year. I kept my food choices that had helped me at the beginning and had to fathom why I was no longer losing weight.
The answer was easy eat just a little less calories, I adjusted my tracker and now I am losing ounces on a fairly regular basis.
I never thought about nearing your goal you have to anticipate the loss will slow down. I guess it means it is somewhat in balance. I am hoping it is so.
Pat in Maine.