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 permanently.
Change your lifestyle If you want to be a healthy weight watcher and maintain your weight successfully, most often this means changing your lifestyle. It is not easy, but worth it. You do not have to be totally consumed about your weight, which is not healthy. 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. There is a bounty of healthy foods that should be your focus. You should not look at a change in lifestyle as denying yourself your favorite foods. Rather, find healthy alternatives for your favorites. A few tweaks can make almost any meal a healthy meal.
Replace bad foods with better food choices. There are some foods that you may never be able to enjoy large amounts of again. 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, ultimately foiling 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. This works for any food, not just the cake. However, 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 in order to succeed. I remember reading once a comment made by a supermodel, “nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” Now, while it is not our goal to be a supermodel, it is important to consider the bigger picture when faced with that irresistible chocolate cake. There are incredible recipes available that substitute this old favorite with options that can actually be healthy. Get creative and think long term!
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, the key is to success is the ability to get 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 okay to take a break for a few days, but do not let it extend for weeks, months and years. Get back in that saddle as quickly as possible You deserve it!
* A wonderful invention called “Yonana” is a household appliance that converts frozen bananas into rich, satisfying ice cream!