The moment of truth comes when you dust off those old college jeans and are able to slip them on — and keep them buttoned — with ease. Losing weight is a long, hard journey, but that beautiful moment makes it all worthwhile. Since you don't want to end up gaining it all back, here are some tips to help keep your new, slimmer figure.
- Stick with what works: If counting calories was the key to your big weight loss, don't throw out that food journal just because of what the number says on the scale. Whatever is it that worked, make sure it's something you can maintain.
- Don't go back to your old eating ways: After reaching your goal weight, you feel like you deserve a huge reward — we're talking a bacon cheeseburger with fries, tall Coke, and chocolate fudge sundae reward. A huge pat on the back is definitely in order, but you know once you get a taste of that junk food, it'll be hard to say no. It's OK to splurge every so often, but in order to keep the weight off, eat healthy most of the time. If you want to reward your healthy choices and the goals you've reached, do it without food.
- Keep exercising: Don't throw in the towel once you hit your goal. In order to maintain your current weight, a regular exercise routine is a must. It will also maintain the muscle mass that helps burn even more calories and keeps metabolism buzzing. Exercising regularly is also proven to help you sleep better, and getting enough rest is another way to prevent weight gain.
- Weigh yourself every week: Gaining a few pounds in a few weeks may not seem like a lot, but remember that a person gains 50 pounds, one pound a time. If you find the scale numbers going up, reevaluate your eating and exercise routine to figure out what changes need to be made in order to prevent the weight from continuing to creep back on.
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