For many people, losing weight is the easy part – it’s keeping it off that’s the problem! Transitioning from counting calories every day to weight maintenance mode can be a struggle – after all, who wants to keep track of their calorie intake ever day for the rest of their lives? But if you stop counting calories, won’t the weight just creep back on? Here are some useful strategies for maintaining your weight loss after counting calories.
1 – Lose the weight slowly and healthily in the first place! If you crash diet and restrict your calories too much, keeping the weight off once you’ve reached your goal is nigh-on impossible. Losing weight slowly is about building sustainable, healthy habits and should be viewed as a long term lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix.
2 – Calculate how many calories you need each day to maintain your new weight. (You can do that with the weight loss calculator here.) When you reach your goal weight, it’s important to keep counting calories, just for a while, to make sure that you’re eating the right amount to avoid weight regain. Once you’ve been steady at your new weight for a month or two and you have a good understanding of roughly how much you need to eat each day to maintain your weight, you can start having a few days off from counting calories each week, and if your weight remains steady, continue from there.
3 – Weigh yourself regularly (once a week is ideal), and be prepared to cut down on your calories for a few days if necessary. It’s a good idea to pick a weight that you will not go above, and if you do, immediately go back to calorie counting. Very importantly, don’t avoid weighing yourself if you suspect you won’t like what the scale says! Any weight regain is best dealt with immediately – put it off, and you may find yourself back where you started before you know it.
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