5 ways to keep weight off

So you’ve lost weight. Congratulations.

This time you are determined to not gain back those pesky pounds. That’s a great sentiment, but as they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Now is not the time to give up the fight and slide back into your old, unhealthy eating ways.

No, a healthy diet is something you sustain for life. It’s time to get off the weight loss/weight gain roller coaster and stick with a healthy diet that will help you keep off the pounds.

And that’s where we come in. Our user-friendly program lets you easily plan your meals so you’ll eat healthier at home and on the road.

For our friends who have yet to get with the program, here are 5 ways to keep off weight:

Count calories

It is extremely important that you keep an eye on how many calories you eat in a day. Consuming a few hundred extra calories a day will soon add up to a few extra pounds a month.

Eat breakfast

The best way to start your day is by eating a healthy, satisfying breakfast. It jumpstarts your metabolism and prevents you from pigging out at lunchtime because you feel like you are “starving!”

Avoid portion distortion

Read labels to see how many servings are in that packaged food you just bought and are about to eat. Or check the nutrition numbers before you place your order at a fast food or sit-down restaurant.

You should know that restaurant meals are notoriously large. It’s okay to order your favorite dish; just be sure to not eat all of it in a single sitting.

Ask your waiter to fetch you a doggie bag first thing and take home up to half of your meal!

Keep moving

Eating healthy is one thing, but there’s nothing like regular exercise to keep your calorie-burning furnace stoked. An effective fitness routine should include no less than 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three days a week. A little weight training will also do wonders because muscle burns calories even while you aren’t exercising!

Chart your weight

Hop on the scale once a week. The moment you see a 5-pound swing upwards, be sure to cut back on food intake and boost the time you work out! By catching yourself before a big fall you’ll have a far easier time keeping your weight under control.

Always remember, you’re not “cured” just because you reach your goal weight. Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifetime challenge.

You’ve proven that you can lose weight. Prove that you can keep off the weight you lost.

After all, no one wants to go back to wearing their “fat clothes” ever again!

 

 

John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.

 

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