Reaching your goal weight is not easy and it’s not the end of your concerns. You know well that you may easily regain the pounds you’ve shed and that now it’s the beginning of a new battle: the battle of keeping your weight off for good. So it’s very important not to go back to your old habits and instead to follow some tips that will make your battle victorious.
1. Plan for success
Try to make a daily budget for your meals, especially for your snacks. The main meal of the day should be a plate of food with a protein source such as meat or vegetables on a quarter of the plate, rice or pasta on a quarter of the plate, and two servings of different-colored vegetables on the other half of the plate. Be careful with the carbs and try to replace it with more proteins from plant sources such as legumes and nuts.
2. Keep a Journal
This tip is really important and many people find it to be the single most important thing that helped them gain control of their weight. Try and note down everything you eat, including details of the time, place, cooking methods, and portion size, etc. You could also note any emotional eating, if this is a problem for you.
3. Use your scale
If you didn’t know that, about 75 percent of people weigh themselves once a week which is actually quite advisable. Thus you will find out when you’re retaining water or when you’re actually gaining weight. Step on the scale regularly to keep weight in check before seeing that your favourite jeans are too tight for your love handles.
4. Try a Portable Motivator
This could be an image of you at your heaviest. The idea is that it will motivate you to continue. So, if you begin to notice you’re losing your ambition to battle, pull out your portable motivator, and remind yourself of what you’re aiming for.
5. Follow the 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule says that if you practice healthy habits 80 percent of the time, then you can relax 20 percent of the time. So, if you stick to your diet for the whole week, you can have that glass of wine or that cheesecake on the weekend. It’s a treat but remember that the key is moderation.
6. Exercise daily
Sweat, sweat and sweat. Don’t think it’s over and that you are thin you don’t have to go to the gym anymore. Exercise for a minimum of a half an hour a day, doing both aerobic exercise and resistance training.