Strategies to Prevent Weight Re-Gain
The weight loss journey doesn’t come to an end once you’ve reached your weight loss goal. Medical weight loss programs introduce methods to help you lose weight, often through strategies like diet and exercise combined with medical support like appetite suppressants and medications.
Once you reach your weight loss goal, you’ll have to transition the tools you’ve developed into healthy habits that will encourage long-term weight management.
The Risk of Weight Re-Gain
There is a high risk of weight re-gain following any weight loss program. To maintain weight loss, you are encouraged to adopt long-term behavioral changes into your daily lifestyle. The risk of weight re-gain is especially high following non-supervised weight loss, including fad diets and conventional home-based programs that encourage weight loss through temporary changes to your diet and exercise habits.
Changes in metabolism are one reason why weight re-gain remains a risk after weight loss. As you lose weight, your metabolism will slow down. Your metabolism controls your base metabolic rate, which is the rate at which you’ll burn calories while inactive. The slower your metabolism, the fewer calories you’ll burn.
Other factors that influence your risk of weight gain include:
- Returning to former eating habits
- Reducing activity level
- Poor sleeping habits
- Binge and emotional eating
Methods to Prevent Weight Re-Gain
Your risk of weight re-gain is lower following a supervised medical weight loss program than it would be after a conventional, home-based diet plan. This is because medical weight loss programs incorporate behavioral and lifestyle changes that you are encouraged to maintain beyond reaching your weight loss goal.
It is possible to maintain a healthy weight by incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle. This includes:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a nutrient rich diet
- Following proper portion sizes
- Managing stress efficiently
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Continuing to visit your medical weight loss center for periodic check-ups and support
You won’t reach your weight loss goal in one day– and you won’t gain all of your weight back suddenly, either. Mind your diet and exercise habits and pay attention to small changes in the way your body feels. If you feel that you are gaining weight back, contact your weight loss doctor early on.
Self-monitoring and taking preventative steps like changing your eating habits can stop weight gain before it grows out of control, and help you return to a comfortable weight.