You’ve lost the weight. You Exercised regularly, stayed hydrated, practiced portion control and ate a balanced diet.
Sometimes, though, losing weight is only half the battle.
Knowing how to lose weight AND keep it off is the biggest fight you could have with yourself, but isn’t it a fight you want to win?
We’ve compiled the facts and musts of keeping the figure you’ve worked hard for, and keeping extra sneaky pounds at bay.
1) Portion Prep
Remember the days when you painstakingly measured your portions as you set off on your weight loss journey?
Measuring portions probably turned into a mindless habit for you, eventually.
Just because you’re at your goal weight doesn’t mean you have to break that good habit!
Even the healthiest, most athletic person on the planet needs some form of portion control to maintain ideal health and shape.
We all do. Use the habit you’ve worked hard to build.
2) Food Is Not Comfort
No more emotional eating! If you’re feeling sad, angry, bored, or celebratory, there are better, more constructive ways to act on those emotions.
Instead of going out with friends or downing an entire box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, keep a journal, go see a movie, go for a walk, or read a book.
Remind yourself that food can never be an effective emotional band-aid, or a hobby that defines you.
Stay in touch with what you’re really passionate about, the relationships in your life, and remember that it’s all in the name of bettering yourself.
3) Challenge Yourself
Most who have successfully lost weight have also successfully changed their long-term lifestyles for the better.
Sometimes, though, when your body gets used to your workout and diet routine, you hit a plateau and the healthy lifestyle is no longer interesting.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep your body and mind intrigued and in shape.
Maybe one day you’re doing HIIT workouts, and another day you’re pouring out all your sweat in a toasty bikram class.
Not only does this keep you feeling fresh and interested, it also implements muscle confusion, which means your muscles are constantly challenged to work harder and in different ways.
This prevents plateau, and not only keeps you on the road for a healthy weight, but also puts you on the trail to great muscle tone.
4) Take Advantage Of Your Fitness
There is so much more that we can do with fit and healthy bodies than with neglected and tired ones.
Most important, a fit and healthy body is a confident body.
Take advantage of this new confidence and use it to keep yourself healthy and in good spirits.
Now that you’ve reached your goal weight, enjoy new clothing styles that cater to your transformed body, find a reason to dress up more often, hit the beach or pool, and generally enjoy loving yourself!