How to Maintain Your Current Weight
Weight management encompasses an array of methods to maintain a current body weight. Weight management is different from weight loss in that you’re not trying to shed pounds (which can be challenging). You’re just trying to not gain them. Here are some tips to stay at your healthy level.
Research says that 75% of successful weight losers that keep it off weigh themselves every week. It shouldn’t be a preoccupation, but it should be something you’re aware of if you’re actively trying to maintain it.
Your weight will be different morning, noon and night. Each week you weigh yourself, weigh yourself at the same time to keep an accurate record of your efforts.
An easy way to start gaining weight inadvertently is to not get enough shut eye and stress yourself out. Your body functions best when it’s rested and relaxed.
When you’re tired, you handle stress less well. When you handle stress poorly, you start eating. Start adding a bit more time to your sleep schedule and practice relaxation techniques — yoga is a great way to get started.
In general, processed goods just aren’t good for you. They’re full of toxins and things your body doesn’t even recognize. When you start reading labels, you’ll start seeing this. Go for whole foods and stick to labels that don’t have tons of four-syllable words.
If you want proof, just as the successful “losers” of The National Weight Control Registry. They’ve lost at least 30 pounds and have kept it off for at least a year (some as long as six!). And guess what? They eat breakfast.
When you go to the grocery store, load up on produce. Fruits and veggies are good for your number on the scale and for your heart and vital organs. In addition, go for lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Though you’re not necessarily counting calories anymore, you do want to limit your fat and sugar intake for your overall health.
When you plan your meals, make them well-balanced and colorful. Each meal should have 10 g of fiber and should include fruits and vegetables. Keep the whites and yellows to a minimum.
Get up off the couch! Grab a friend and take a walk through the park, go dancing, or hit the pool. Take the stairs every chance you have. Get outdoors and pick up some new habits to match your healthy weight.
Exercise can take any form. You can walk the dog each night, do yoga, or go swimming. Anything that keeps you moving counts as physical activity. What’s more, you don’t have to do 30 minutes at one time! Break it up into two or three smaller segments if that better suits your schedule.
Do cardio, lift weights, do circuit training, and do yoga. Each day can be a different routine. Or, if you’d rather, combine them in the same day. Just keep weightlifting to every other day or so — your muscles need time to heal.