Weight Loss – A Continuous Process?

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Daily Food Decisions

Weight loss is an issue that many people deal with every day. Whether losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, it is something that you have to consider long term. While not all diets last forever, eating healthy should. In order to maintain your healthy weight, you have to begin by losing weight slowly. Some fad diets that boast tens of pounds lost in just a few days are simply not healthy. The best way to lose weight so that it does not come back is to follow a healthy eating and exercise program.

It Begins With Your Eating Habits

Slow weight regain is not uncommon and many people worry that they will be dieting forever. After all, weight loss does seem like a continuous process. The truth of the matter however, is that once you have developed a healthy eating plan, you change how you view food. This means that no matter how much weight you lose or how long it takes you to lose it, you realize that eating healthy is better for you in the long run and so it becomes a lifelong lifestyle change. This ensures that you maintain your healthy weight even after you stop worrying about shedding those unwanted pounds.

The key after weight loss is to make the appropriate changes in your eating plan so that you are only achieving energy balance instead of creating a deficit of calories needed to lose weight. You should also plan to maintain the healthy eating and exercise plan that got you to that weight loss goal. This can be a bit more difficult than it sounds, however. There are some habits that are going to last a lifetime and eating unhealthy has certainly proven to be one for many people.

It Is A Trade Off

If you lost your weight due to a diet plan that you cannot feasible follow for the rest of your life, you may need to adopt a few changes to your past eating habits to maintain that weight loss. You may want to cut out the exercise or add that burger once in a while, which is fine. You do however, need to compensate in some way for added fat and calories if you do begin eating differently once you have lost the weight. Simply going from a diet and exercise plan back to your old habits of eating foods high in fat and not exercising at all is going to see all that weight come rushing back.

You have to set new goals for yourself when it comes to maintaining your healthy weight. Instead of goals to lose pounds, set goals to keep yourself motivated and eating healthy. If you only exercised to get the pounds off, choose a new hobby or sport that you enjoy so that you will keep exercising in the future. You have to find something to do that will keep you moving and hopefully something that will keep you motivated to move.

You certainly are not going to want to spend your life tracking every single calorie that you ingest, particularly after you have lost all the weight you set out to lose. You do however, need to at least pay attention to the types of foods that you are going to be eating. Adding a lot of fats and refined sugars to your diet is going to hurt you in the long run. Remember why you began losing weight and work to keep your diet on the healthier side. You can certainly break the chains every now and again and enjoy that rich chocolate dessert or that huge burger, but try to make it the exception and not the rule.

A good way to keep yourself on track is to help others in their goals to lose weight. This will give you motivation as you continue to show how you lost all those pounds and you can help others on their journeys as well. Support friends and family members when they begin their diets and lifestyle changes and offer encouragement as well as advice.

A Long-Term Outlook Is The Key

Even though you may have lost the weight that you wanted to lose, the journey is certainly not over. Remember that you wanted to lose weight to be healthier and maintaining your healthy weight is essential in helping you to meet this goal. While you certainly do not have to continue dieting, you do have to continue to get healthy. The key to maintaining your healthy weight is in knowing what challenges you will be facing in the future.

You may get tired of ensuring that there is always a healthy vegetable on your plate or in making certain that your bread is a whole grain variety. Again, you do not have to continue dieting and counting every calorie, provided you do not go completely overboard once you begin eating regularly again. If you have lost weight then you know what it takes to lose it again so take heart that if you do pile on a few extra pounds because you simply cannot resist that holiday candy or that yummy cheesecake at the office, you will know what needs to be done to take those pounds off again. Note however, that yo-yo dieting or gaining and then losing weight and repeating the cycle over and over is not healthy. If you are going to eat healthy, it really does need to be a lifetime commitment.

This is not as difficult as it sounds. If you have already lost several pounds then you know how easy it can be to begin a healthy eating plan. Just remember that everyone slips from time to time and you are certainly going to be human at some point. You do however, need to remember how difficult weight loss was when you were attempting to drop those pounds so that you do not get completely out of hand once you reach your weight loss goals. Maintaining weight loss is a continuous process, although it is a bit easier than actually losing that weight in the first place.