Weight Loss Maintenance Plans
Unfortunately for most people, the weight loss that occurs after dieting and exercising is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of staying fit for life. All too often the lifestyle change our diet gave us turns into a temporary change, and we are back to our old eating patterns once we lose the weight. In order to avoid this fate, you must develop a plan to help you maintain your weight loss.
Learning to Manage Weight Loss
A maintenance plan is an easy way of making sure that your food consumption never exceeds your energy needs, which would result in the accumulation of unused energy as fat. A maintenance plan should consist of both a diet and exercise routine that you can stick to. Remember that the goal of a maintenance plan is not to continue to lose weight, but to maintain the weight goal you have achieved after a successful diet.
You can do this by:
- Maintaining a nutrient rich, well-balanced diet
- Paying close attention to proper portion sizes
- Avoiding empty calories in the form of sodas, sugary juices and candy
- Exercising regularly
- Taking steps to become more active everyday
Following the active portion of your medical weight loss program, you are not on your own. Your weight loss center is filled with resources that you can use to continue pushing your healthy habits forward. Once you reach your weight loss goal, consider the tools and behaviors that you developed during your weight loss program and find ways to incorporate them into your daily routine.
This may include:
- Snacking on fruits and vegetables
- Planning meals ahead of time
- Making active plans with friends
- Keeping up with your current workout schedule
- Visiting your weight loss center periodically for accountability and support
- Staying part of your weight loss support group
Always remember that losing the initial weight to get to your goal is just step one in your journey. After you’ve reached your goal weight, step two begins–and does not end until your new eating habits and exercise routine are second nature. A maintenance plan can get you there.