Many people who seek weight loss, have lost weight before but were unable to maintain the loss. It’s important to not only lose unhealthy weight but have a system/program that can be maintained to sustain a healthier weight.
A recent study was done to identify behavioral and psychological strategies among weight loss maintainers in a commercial weight management program. Participants were individuals who maintained weight loss for an average of 3.3 years and weight?stable individuals with obesity and a mean BMI of 38.9 kg/m2. More frequent practice of healthy dietary, self?monitoring, and psychological coping strategies, as well as the development of greater habit strength for healthy eating, differentiated long?term weight loss from weight?stable individuals with obesity.
Takeaways and Tips For Maintaining Weight Loss
Find Support – weight loss is tough and it makes it even more difficult if the people around you aren’t on board.
Keep the healthy foods in plain sight – if you live with someone who will not follow a healthy diet, try to at least keep their foods put away and out of sight.
Do things you enjoy and keep yourself busy.
Don’t overly restrict yourself to a diet that will not be sustainable for life.
Hold yourself accountable – keep food diaries until your new way of eating becomes a habit.
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