Many people have an enormous amount of success losing weight. Whether it was a huge loss of fifty or more or even a smaller loss of under fifteen pounds, it can be incredibly satisfying reaching your goal and having the satisfaction of knowing that you stuck to a goal and succeeded. Unfortunately, it is all too common for most people to gain back all of the weight that they lost within the first year.
Many people not only gain the weight back but gain back even more than before. The reason for this can vary. It can be incredibly disappointing to lose all of the progress that you worked so hard to achieve. Fear not, however, this doesn’t mean that you are going to let this happen to you. Here are some of the best ways to not only get the weight off but keep it off.
Stay on a Program
One of the biggest contributing factors to people gaining weight back after starting a diet or workout program and completing it successfully is that they don’t have any long-term program to stick to afterward. Often they reach the end of their program only to not know what to do next.
Therefore, setting yourself up with a long-term diet plan which is sustainable in the long run will ensure that you don’t pack the pounds back on. Try to figure out what kind of a maintenance program is something that is realistic for you to stick to. Diets which are overly restrictive are only going to lead to you feel deprived and likely to overindulge.
Weigh Yourself Regularly
Keeping a close eye on your weight is something that will keep you in check. When you are forced to stare reality in the face it can be a good reminder that you may not have been eating the most responsibly.
Staying accountable by weighing yourself at least once a week will be the guiding hand that you need to ensure that you are being responsible with your habits in order to keep your weight down.
Put Up Motivational Photos
Sometimes one of the biggest motivators is having a visual representation of what you would like to look like. Displaying a photo of someone that you physically admire can help keep you on the right nutritional track.
Conversely, you may find that displaying a photo of yourself at a heavier weight can help remind you that you never want to go down that road again. You can place it near your refrigerator or near your mirror. Wherever you think would be the most motivating for you. This way you can stop yourself before reaching for bad habits.