Maintaining Your Weight Loss Success
After you’ve gone through the first two phases of the program (weight loss and maintenance), you will reach the last phase: lifestyle. By now you will have been losing weight and finding a diet that consists of healthy foods that aid in the weight loss program. Exercising should also be slowly introduced. This doesn’t mean you should sign up for a marathon, but a good target is between 5,000 and 10,000 steps a day.
You can start adding other foods into your diet while you continue to monitor your weight. Try to stay within 5lbs of your goal weight. You will notice how different foods affect you; for example, you may find that some food produces a noticeable weight gain. You will learn what your body can and cannot tolerate. While sugar and starchy foods are not recommended, you can add them back in but try to do so earlier in the day.
The more active you are, the better. If you are going to be very active one day, slightly increase your protein and vegetable intake for that day. Slowly start adding healthy fats like almonds and avocados in moderation into your diet. Consume small meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable. Maintain the original diet recommendations as to the staples of your diet as you experiment with new foods.
Try to keep a set time for eating, for example: eat lunch every day at 12:30. Don’t wait until you are starving to eat as it could lead to your making less than ideal choices and overeating.
Avoid alcohol or sip in moderation. Carbs and sugars are high in most alcohols and low inhibitions could affect food choices.
Continue weighing yourself at the same time daily. Once you feel as if you have stabilized and have control of your new healthy lifestyle, change your weighing schedule to once a week.
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