Tips to Make Your Weight Loss Last

tips for weight loss

If you want your results to last, then follow these tips for weight loss

  1. It’s a lifestyle, NOT a diet! When you diet, you may lose weight, but it is temporary… You have to actually change the way you eat and exercise if you want to stay at a particular size/weight.
  2. Exercise the RIGHT way. You have to mix up your workouts. If you do the same thing every single day, your body will remember what muscles are worked, and your progress will stop. Lift weights, do cardio, do high intensity training, etc.
  3. Don’t eat every single time you get a hunger pain. Sometimes your feeling of hunger, is actually thirst.
  4. Calories are not treated equally. Every food has calories, so if you say you’re going to eat 100 calorie snack, eating potato chips vs. fruit makes a difference in those 100 calories consumed. You still have to eat healthy.
  5. Your best foods to eat are protein, produce, and plant-based fats. Protein keeps you full. Produce are overall low in calories. Plant-
    based fats, such as olive oil, avocado oil, etc. are actually healthy for you while making you feel satiated.
  6. Do not skip meals! Skipping meals will cause you to eat more at the next meal… fasting is not a healthy way to lose weight, because as soon as you begin eating again, the weight will be right back on your body. Stick to eating 4-5 small meals a day instead of 3 huge ones. Eating every 3-4 hours keeps your metabolism up as well.
  7. How and where you eat matters. It has been proven time and time again that if you sit in front of a television while you eat, you eat more. The same thing if you’re eating while working, driving, reading, etc. It is best to just sit down at a table or desk, and focus on eating without any distractions. This makes it easier for your brain to register what you’re doing and give you the full signal.
  8. Weight yourself. Some diet programs say to not weigh yourself. How do you really know if what you’re doing is working if you don’t know your own weight? Keeping yourself within a healthy range lets you know what you’re doing is working, and if something, like your period, is affecting your weight.
  9. Don’t slack on sleep or get stressed out. Stress affects your hormones. Hormones cause your body to act differently and can in some circumstances help you gain weight. Not getting enough sleep on its own is enough to make anyone crazy!!
  10. Hitting a plateau when trying to lose weight is normal. Usually when you begin a weight loss program you notice right away that you’re slimmer or weigh less. After a few months you notice you’re not losing anymore weight. Maybe you’re not mixing up your workouts or you are doing the exact same workout over again (see #2 above). If you’ve lost weight, your calorie intake changes, so if you’re eating the same way, you may need to re-evaluate.

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