Losing weight is a topic that is highly discussed on many health blogs, so we will look at something related but what most people don’t blog about: weight maintenance. After people lose their goal weight they may relapse into bad eating habits again and gain that weight right back, only to go back to dieting and stay stuck in that cycle. That cycle may sound normal, but it is very unhealthy!
Instead of dieting just to gain weight again, you really should never stop a diet. After you lose your goal weight, you need to adjust your calories for the normal range at your new weight so you don’t lose more weight and you don’t gain the weight back again. You also have to continue exercising because your body is used to burning a certain amount of calories of what you consume in the day. If you stop exercising, your body won’t need as many calories and you will gain the weight right back.
If you didn’t diet with the healthiest plan, it is all right. However, to keep your weight the same you will have to start eating healthy for sure, as well as keep up with a solid exercise program. You will want to eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals. You should get enough protein intake throughout the day to prevent muscle breakdown. You don’t have to avoid fats or carbs like your diet may have had you do (which isn’t healthy). Instead, you should just stay away from unhealthy fats and simple sugars. Stick to healthy fats and complex carbohydrates as much as you can.
When it comes to exercise, you don’t have to train as hard as you did to lose the weight. The only thing you need to do is make sure you burn enough calories each day to equal out your calories in versus calories out. Remember, you aren’t working out to lose weight, or even gain weight. For that reason, you can do light cardio three days a week to stay in shape and hit the weights for light workouts for the other three days in the week.
Once you make the choice to lose weight and get healthy, you have to make that choice for life. People think that a 6 week diet will change their life forever but you can go right back to your old weight in the following 6 weeks after the diet if you don’t stay healthy and follow a weight maintenance program. Good luck!