The best tips and advice for life after weight loss. If you do not have a weight-loss goal, how do you maintain a healthy weight?
Eat healthy in between meal snacks to help you reach your goal.
This way you won't overeat at regular meals. Your blood sugar levels won't drop so you'll feel energetic all day.
Noticing if certain clothing starts fitting tighter as well as what the scale reads on a regular basis helps me keep track of how I am doing. I also track exercise minutes but know that exercise intensity can greatly effect number of calories burned, so that's less accurate to measure ongoing effort
Wear a pedometer all the time. Check 3 or 4 times a day to make sure you are staying as active as you think.
Never eat 4 hours before going to bed, stick to sugar free drinks with no carbonation. Crystal light is what I like, it tastes great and has no calories.
When you are on the phone/computer, watching TV, driving, or any other activity do stomach and butt kegels. I use TV commercials as a reminder to do them. Start with 20-30, then increase to whatever level you feel comfortable with. I do 50-75 every commercial in the evening.
For years as a child my parents told me think of the children who are starving. So cleaning the plate by eating all the food was ingrained into my brain.
Now I am retraining my brain by taking the food to the trash if my body says enough,
No more pushing myself to eat it all ;^)
You are longer be trying to lose weight, but you can set other goals to keep yourself motivated. Train to run a marathon! Improve the number of pushups you can do in a minute! Get an orange belt in judo!
Be intentionally active after eating -- move quickly as you clean up after the meal, go outside for a brief walk, whatever you do, don't sit. 5 - 10 minutes after every meal really helps burn those calories.
If you've eliminated foods while losing because you fear you can't stop eating, reintroduce them in a safe place. If chocolate pie is your favorite nemesis, have a piece at a restaurant. It is unlikely you will order a second one!
Once after several years of maintenance I hit a hard patch and just gave up. I decided it was too hard. In no time I hit my all time high & it took a decade to get back to goal. Never give up. You don't have to be perfect to succeed, you just have to be determined. It is possible and you can do it!