20 Jul 5 Ways to Help Keep Weight off for Good
Keep Weight off for good!
So, you’ve lost 10, 40 or even 100 pounds…. First of all congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. I know how hard you’ve worked and how rewarding it is. Good for you!! Now let me ask you a BIG question- how scared are you that you’re going to put it all back on?
Maybe the thought has crossed your mind, maybe it hasn’t just yet… but it will, and it should. Statistics, unfortunately, are NOT in favor of those of us who lose weight. In fact, the vast majority who lose weight not only gain it back, but ADD on even MORE weight. It’s sad… but true.
Having lost a ton of weight myself I’m very proud to say that I have kept my weight off for the better part of 6 years now (give or take a few around the Holidays!) I want to share with you my top 5 ways to keep the weight off for good.
I warn you… keeping the weight off is work. Not as much work as it is to actually lose it in the first place, however, you can’t just go back to the same old same old. You MUST transform the positive changes you’ve made into HABITS that will stay with you for life. You simply CANNOT go back. If you do, I can guarantee you you’ll be back where you started in no time.
The good news? It does NOT have to be painful. No, not at all. That’s where this list comes in. Stick with it and before you know it, you’ll have trained your brain, your taste buds and especially your waistline to stay right where you want them.
So, ready? Let’s go!
Step 1: Have a daily food plan
I beg you, please don’t moan and groan about this one. Chances are the “diet” you were on was pretty prescribed and laid out for you. Now you’re “on your own” so to say. If left to your own devices without actually writing out a food plan for the day (or the week- check out my free download Week’s Eats Worksheet planner), you could be in trouble… FAST. Without a plan you’ll find yourself hungry, grabbing anything you can when you can and making poor choices. I’ve seen it happen a hundred times. Don’t be a statistic. Take 15 minutes once a week and make your plan. I promise, it will be your lifeline.
Step 2: Keep a food journal
Again, I know this can be difficult, but you need to be ACCOUNTABLE. A plan is only as good as the person who actually follows it. The food journal helps keep you “honest” so to say and allows you to pay attention to what you are really eating. I have often gotten to the end of the day and felt like I BLEW it on days I haven’t written down my foods (or used my iPhone app.) Sometimes, the truth is I actually haven’t eaten enough! The flip side can happen though too… you have a treat here.. a nibble there… and before long you actually HAVE blown it. The journal keeps track for you either way and helps bring you to step 3.
Step 3: Practice Mindful Eating
There’s nothing more satisfying than eating a good meal. Relishing in the flavors, the fun and the excitement of good food. Yet, how many of us are eating at our desks, or in front of the television, or worse yet, while driving? I can’t tell you how many times in my “past life” that I’d make or get a meal, devour it, and barely tasted what I ate. Has this ever happened to you? From here forward, please practice mindful eating. From setting a beautiful table, slowing down and relishing what’s in front of you to choosing and preparing Lean and Green Recipes that will fill you mind, body and soul, stop and enjoy what you’re eating. Your body will thank you.
Step 4: Find the Balance
When it comes to keeping off the weight for good, I really REALLY believe in the 90/10 principle. While this might not work for everyone (see my previous article on avoiding trigger foods) I truly believe that if you can eat responsibly without “blowing it” that is the BEST way to mentally keep you feeling healthy, happy and not deprived. What IS this principle you may ask? Eat 90% of your meals following the strict principles that have worked for you to get your weight off in the first place. Basically eat 5-6 days super clean and then for the other 10% of your meals RESPONSIBLY enjoy whatever other foods appeal to you (again, as long as they are not trigger foods.) If the thought of this scares you then by all means, DON’T DO IT. If you think you can’t keep in control, you’re probably right. So just stick to your program and keep on keeping on.
Step 5: Stay Positive
There is great power in positive thinking- this means LOVING your body (no matter what shape or size it is) LOVING your mind and knowing you have this beat once and for all and staying positive about your life, your love and the pursuit of happiness. No it’s not just a bumper sticker. It means LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE and in a body you love. Stop beating yourself up. Stop hating what you see in the mirror. Just stop all the criticism and start living and loving the body and the life you have. Accept where you are and love it- stop trying to be more (or less!) Just live, healthily and responsibly. Need help with this? Check out this cool 30-Day program I started to get you going. The testimonials speak for themselves.
No matter how much weight you have lost , you can keep it off for good if you practice these common sense, good tips now and forever. Get a plan in place, stay accountable, stay present and most of all, stay balanced and positive, one moment, one breath at a time. Remember success happens moment to moment, NOT yesterday or somewhere in the future.
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