No matter where you look, it seems like everyone is trying to drop a few pounds. And considering the rate of obesity in the United States, it’s no wonder. Currently, more than one in three adults are considered to be obese, and more than two in three adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
And with the breadth of resources available to individuals trying to lose weight, many of them certainly see success. After all, losing just five to 10% of your body weight can dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease such as heart disease.
But what happens after you’ve lost the weight? How do you keep it off? While losing weight can be difficult, maintaining weight loss can be as hard — if not more difficult — than the original task at hand.
But with a few rules of thumb kept in mind, one can maintain their weight loss in a healthy and positive way.
Rule Number One: Remember why you lost the weight in the first place.
While looking good can be a motivation for many, the only thing that really lasts is good health. To boot, the pressures to look thin could prove to be too much and lead to self-sabotage. Instead, develop a healthy relationship with your new body and make it a mission of lifelong health.
Rule Number Two: Don’t go it alone.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be a solitary journey. In fact, weight loss centers and weight loss programs have communities that support one another, helping all members to achieve their goals and stay on track. If you are accountable, your chances of keeping off your weight will be much higher.
Rule Number Three: Find activities you love.
Exercise doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing something you enjoy. Explore and find activities that are both fun and meaningful and you will stay active and healthy for life.
Rule Number Four: Learn to cook.
Homemade meals are almost always healthier than takeout or processed, pre-packaged foods. Taking the time to cook means that you are investing in your health and happiness. Many weight loss clinics offer healthy recipes to help you maintain.
If you have any questions about losing weight, feel free to share in the comments.