How many times have you gone on a diet, only to regain the weight, plus a little dividend?? For many people, dieting is a vicious cycle full of ups and downs, and a lot of discouragement. If you want to maintain your weight permanently, you will need to implement some techniques.
For most of us maintaining a healthy weight requires a lot of dedication and hard work, but your reward could well mean a longer life, less illness and simply feeling better. Let’s look at some of the ways you can maintain your weight loss efforts permanently.
Change your lifestyle If you want to be a healthy weight watcher and maintain your weight loss successfully, this means changing your lifestyle. It is not easy, but worth it. You do not have to be totally consumed with your weight, as this is not a productive outlook. But you will have to stay focused on eating right, getting enough exercise and avoiding trigger foods that you know will put you back on the wrong track again. It is okay to cheat once in a while, but you can not let it become a regular event. Give yourself a nice dinner out every few weeks, but do not fall back into old habits. These days there are healthy options whereever you go. Eating out can even be a healthy experience that won’t result in falling off the wagon. Make wise choices!
Replace bad foods with better food. There are some foods that you may never be able to enjoy large amounts of again – and you shouldn’t. There are other foods that can be simply too dangerous for you to eat anymore. These are called trigger foods, as mentioned above. These are foods that can start you in a downward spiral, and foil your weight loss goals. If you simply can not eat a single piece of chocolate cake, it’s better to avoid eating it at all than risking falling into old habits that are detrimental to your health. Replace the cake with something that will still satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate craving, but does not activate your old behaviors. Try this vegan brownie recipe that makes use of healthy ingredients. You can look at it this way — which would you prefer – a few bites of cake or a longer life? A bit extreme, yes, but sometimes you have to get tough with yourself. I once heard a supermodel say, “nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” While we are not all striving to be supermodels, the point is that removing unhealthy foods can have a profound affect on your health.
Treat every day as a new challenge. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, do not let the cycle continue. Each day is a new day when we will have the opportunity to succeed at living a healthy lifestyle. We all fall from time to time, but the important thing is to get right back up. Stop that cycle of falling and staying down, and start realizing that you are on a permanent track toward getting healthy. It is a process that can take some time to implement into your lifestyle. If you have major changes to make, don’t get discouraged because you cannot make them all at once. Set small goals that take the long term into consideration. Get back in that saddle if you fall! You deserve it!