What makes weight maintenance so important? I’ve lost the same 20 pounds over and over. Why do I keep gaining my weight back?
- Eat real food
- Change your attitude towards food
- Adjust your lifestyle permanently
- Have a maintenance strategy
- Exercise, Fat Percentage, Portion Control
- Weigh myself every day
- Have a 3 pound weight fluctuation range
You know, this is an under talked about area of the diet world. In one article I wrote on the site I mention that you have to remember the diet industry isn’t your friend. They want you to lose weight, but some commercial programs don’t spend a lot of time focusing on weight maintenance perhaps because they’d like you to come back and pay them all over again!
You can’t really underestimate the importance of maintaining your weight loss. After all, the whole point of “suffering” through a diet is to lose weight. If you have lost weight the last thing planned to do is regain your weight back. Unfortunately, between 95% and 98% of people do regain all the weight they lost within 5 years. That’s a sad face. Fit to the Finish is different in that because you aren’t counting points, eating strange combinations of foods, or buying your food in little boxes, you are learning how to eat in the real world.
I desire for you to lose the weight you want and then maintain that weight for the rest of your life. By actually changing your eating habits and realigning your thinking, you have the potential for success.
Here’s a page I came up with that has some ideas to help with weight maintenance.
Unless you have a medical condition, you are most likely gaining your weight back because you didn’t experience a permanent change in your attitude towards food. I’ve always said that losing weight is easier than maintaining it. I personally gained and lost, gained and lost more times than I can count.
As you lose weight and experience success several things have to happen along the way to ensure you are making a lifestyle change:
If you do these things, you stand a better chance of being in the 3% – 5% of people who lose weight and maintain it.
I maintain my weight by doing the same things I did when I lost weight! This is what I knew I needed to do when I lost weight using the Fit to the Finish plan. I still eat mainly food that has under 30% of its calories from fat, I eat small portions and I exercise religiously.
For me, it was all about long term success. I didn’t want to be the one people referred to as, “You know Diane, the one who got fit and then got fat again?” I wanted to be known for myself and for the success I was fortunate enough to achieve.
The small effort it takes to maintain my weight is worth the good feelings I have about myself. I want you to have that to!!
Here are three things I do now for weight maintenance:
If these look familiar it’s because they are! You too can maintain your weight, it’s not always easy, but with an attitude change towards food it is possible.
I wrote a little blog post about this if you’d like to read it. I feel terrible for what happened to Kristie Alley. She said herself in that People magazine interview that once there wasn’t anyone looking over her shoulder she reverted back to old habits. She’s not alone is she? She regained her weight, in spite of having all the resources in the world available to her. She never made a lifestyle change, so it was logical that she would regain her weight back. I’ll be interested to see what happens to Valerie B. once her contract ends. Hopefully she will have a different 5 year outcome than did Kristie Alley.
Kristie Alley proves the regain statistic. This was what I wanted to avoid. By actually changing my lifestyle and attitudes towards food, I was able to have long term success. You can too!
Great question. I ate out very frequently when I was losing weight and after I reached my goal. I’ve put together a page of Restaurant Tips for Successful Weight Loss for you. The main thing to remember when eating out frequently is to look at the meal as a meal, and not as a treat. So as you select your food always watch the portion sizes, ask the server questions on preparation and decline the freebies. It isn’t always easy to eat out frequently and maintain your weight, but it can be done.