I am delighted to share with you a post from fitness trainer and blogger (see healthlisted.com), Kelly Newman (read Kelly’s Bio below). Welcome Kelly, and thank you so much for sharing your health secrets with us!
The Secrets for Maintaining Weight Loss after a Low-Calorie Diet
Achieving your weight-loss goals is a tough task; it requires a lot of strength and persistence. There are different techniques to lose those extra pounds, one of which is cutting off calories. It is useful but needs you to be mindful and control your cravings, which is hard work. So whether you have already achieved the ideal weight or are working towards it, you deserve the appreciation for your struggle.
You must have put in a lot of time and energy; I am sure you wouldn’t want to waste it. After losing weight, the next target is to maintain it and to keep the extra pounds off. It may seem too taxing, but it isn’t. You merely need to adopt some healthy habits and consider it a part of your lifestyle. Here are a few secrets that can help you maintain weight loss after a diet.
Don’t Give Up On Exercise
Although reducing caloric intake is what primarily helps in achieving weight-loss, physical activity is what pays off in the more extended run. People who exercise are at a lower risk of developing certain types of cancers and even heart diseases. Apart from the other health benefits, physical exertion also increases the metabolic rate that helps you burn a higher number of calories.
Studies indicate that to maintain weight gain, you should participate in any physical activity for about 60 minutes daily. Aerobic and cardio workouts are the ones commonly recommended. It can be anything ranging from walking, running, or cycling to a jump-rope work-out. You can also break your workout sessions into segments; this is particularly beneficial for muscle metabolism.
Give Up the Unhealthy Habits
You are transitioning from a low-calorie diet to eating regular foods. To prevent yourself from putting on pounds, adopt some healthy practices. Consider these little changes a part of your lifestyle; they may lower the risks of many harmful diseases. The first is to stop binge eating.
Now since you are off the restriction of consuming a specific number of calories, you may want to reward yourself with fast food and other junk. Don’t consider these foods a reward, yes you can have them once in a while but don’t make it a habit that is difficult to overcome. Similarly watching television is another habit that is associated with obesity. Limit screen time and if there is a show you don’t want to miss, ensure that you don’t end up excessively snacking up while watching.
Plan Your Meals Carefully
Be mindful of what you eat. Since you are off the diet plan, don’t restrict your options. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, and lean protein. It’s crucial to make healthier choices, therefore, don’t incorporate high-carb or sugary foods into your meals as they may trigger appetite. Measure the nutritional and caloric value of the foods you plan to prepare and focus on eating a balanced diet. Make breakfast a priority, and eat healthy foods that can boost your metabolic rate and satiety. Omitting the first meal of the day is a big mistake and in turn, may lead to weight gain. Even if you are running late, grab fruits or a smoothie but don’t starve yourself.
Keep Yourself Motivated
Don’t stress out about your weight. Of course, it’s vital to stay informed and track your progress. I would advise you to keep a tab on your weight so you would know when you begin to gain. But don’t obsess over it. It’s also vital to record what you eat but if you exceed your regular portions of healthy foods by a little quantity, don’t worry. Also, reward yourself as a source of motivation. Buy new clothes, shoes, or whatever you like to praise yourself for your efforts at adopting a healthy lifestyle.
About the Author
Kelly Newman is a Fitness Trainer and blogger. She loves to write about everything related to fitness and diet and wants to help people adopt a healthier lifestyle. She works with the team behind Health Listed and does extensive research to provide people actionable health and nutrition information.