Have you ever wanted to lose weight, but couldn't stick to a diet or exercise plan? Did you lose weight only to gain it back a few months or years down the road? You aren't alone. MSNBC reports that an estimated 80 percent of those who lose weight will gain all of it or more back after only 2 years. Losing the weight may not be that hard, but maintaining your weight after weight loss can be the difficult part. Here are some tips for success!
Watch your diet–don't go back to old eating habits
Often, we lose weight through dieting or eating healthier–but once the weight is lost, many people go back to eating the way they did before. Be sure to keep up your positive eating habits even after weight loss. Make sure you eat breakfast every day and keep a pretty consistent eating pattern.
Reverting back to the couch isn't going to keep the weight off. Don't think of being active as just a means to lose the weight. Know that exercising and being active is good for your health and should be a part of your routine even if you have reached your weight goal.
You're more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan if you mix things up. Try new healthy recipes and use different colorful produce items and spices to make your meals more flavorful. You won't get bored with eating healthy and revert back to your old eating habits.
Minimize TV time
Sitting on the couch watching TV makes you more inclined to indulge in junk food, and it it keeps you from being physically active. If you have time to sit and watch TV, you could use it being active. Use your free time wisely!
Make sure the whole family is on board
Your family and friends play an important role in your weight loss success. They can help to motivate and support you and can even make a healthy lifestyle more fun. Try cooking and enjoying healthy meals together and participating in activities that you all can do.
Not sure where to begin in reaching your weight loss goals? Visit us online at Central Florida Regional Hospital or call our free Consult-A-Nurse® Service at 1-800-445-3392 for health information and physician referrals.