There are steps you can take to lose weight and then keep it off permanently. That’s not fad diets that do not work or work for a short while, and then you gain all the weight back and then some. Here are some healthy steps you can take to help get you on your way to a healthier weight and life.
Eat More Filling Food
If you want to lose weight and keep that weight off, you will want to keep yourself feeling full. Those people who lose the weight and keep it off eat foods low in fat and high in fiber to keep themselves feeling full longer. If you increase your fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, you will feel full much longer and be less tempted to eat foods high in sugar, fat, and refined flour.
Count Calories Regularly
Successful weight loss and weight maintenance rely on counting calories to be successful. Use a notebook or journal to keep track of your calories throughout the day. Find your perfect calorie allotment for the day that meets your needs.
Use Portion Control At Every Meal
Measuring your food is one big key to success at losing and maintaining a healthy weight. Most people do not realize what reasonable portions look like and are usually surprised at how much smaller they are then they thought.
Do Menu Planning
Having all your meals planned in advance helps you stick to your goals. Instead of winging it and then ending up eating more than expected or eating all the wrong foods.
Weigh Yourself Weekly
A weekly weight will give you a good idea of how you are doing. Don’t weigh yourself daily since weight fluctuates typically a pound or two in either direction depending on water weight and a variety of other factors. Weigh yourself on the same day at the same time wearing the same clothes and write your weight down in a journal.
Develop a regular exercise schedule and routine and stick to it. Thirty minutes a day, three times a week should be the minimum. For even better results exercise daily even if its just a half an hour walk. Get in cardio, strength training, and even some yoga for good weight management.
Work On Adding Lean Muscle To Your Body
Muscle has a higher metabolism then fat, and you will burn more calories while keeping yourself looking great. Add strength training to your workout for the best results.
Spend Less Time On The Couch
Studies have shown that those who watch fewer hours of t.v were more likely to lose weight and keep it off. People would be more likely getting some exercise if they were up and about rather then sitting doing nothing.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can cause havoc to your metabolism. It has been shown that those who sleep better weigh less than those that don’t. Plus, if you are overtired, you will be more likely to skip your workout, and you may make poor food choices like “fast food” if you are too tired to cook.
Don’t Call It A Diet
Diets don’t work; they fail time and again. Whether because they are too restrictive or maybe too unrealistic, but you have seemed to try them all out with no success. Instead, follow a food plan that makes sense and is something you feel you can eat for the rest of your life. Fad diets come and go but have no staying power. A good healthy food plan does and should serve you indefinitely.
Eat Your Breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day, as I am sure you have heard. That’s because you have gone 12 or more hours without eating, and your body needs fuel to start the day. Its also because studies show that people who eat breakfast regularly are more successful with long term weight loss and weight management than those who skipped it.
There are many different ways to lose weight and then keep it off permanently. You have read the most common and popular techniques for weight management that work for almost everyone. Give them a try, and you will be on your way to a healthy weight, and you will keep that healthy weight for years to come!