Congratulations! You have just lost 25 lbs due to hard work and dedication. Now you ease off your diet and maybe even have a party for yourself, a piece of cake here and a couple glasses of wine there. When’s the last time you had pizza? Mmm. It’s been a long time since you had a big, greasy breakfast, dig in! What can it hurt?! This pattern continues until you have gained 25 pounds back in the blink of an eye and barely remember that feeling of being 25 pounds lighter. This happens to so many people! They put in all that time and dedication to losing weight and then gain it all back and usually more in record time. The numbers are murky, but researchers estimate that up to 85% of people that lose more than 20 pounds gain it all back in one year! This is crazy talk, and it’s time to step off the weight loss roller coaster.
You have already proven you can lose the weight and now you need to prove you can keep it off, which will probably take a slightly different strategy. A lot of this strategy depends on what you did to lose weight in the first place. If you were on a very restrictive diet, you need to reintroduce foods slowly. Don’t immediately go back to eating everything you did when you were overweight. It won’t end well. Introduce one new food or food group a week, and see how your body reacts.
If you took a more moderate approach to weight loss, you will have an easier time maintaining it. Simply boost your calories up about 200-400 per day and see how that affects you. The important thing, the first couple weeks after getting to your goal weight, is to not go crazy. Keep monitoring your weight at least once a week and keep working out! Getting to your goal weight allows you to eat a little more, but for your overall health, you should still be exercising at least a couple times a week. Hit the weights or do some sprints for the best results.
Consistency is key for maintaining weight loss. Stick to your workout plan, eat healthy at least 85% of the time, and you will be seeing the body you want in the mirror for years to come. Get off that weight loss roller coaster for good. Not only will you look better, you’ll feel better too!