One of the biggest problems that most people face even after they’ve lost weight is that they end up living in constant fear of it ‘coming back’. By now, you’ve surely heard all the stories of people who lost 30 pounds only to put on twice that amount after they slackened their routine just a little.
So you have two alternatives: Either you keep to your routine as strictly as you ever have, or you take steps to ensure that the weight you lose stays lost forever and ever!
1. It does matter how you lose weight
Many people figure that it doesn’t really matter how they weight is lost, as long as it is lost, and this is a big mistake. The truth is that the first step to ensuring that you don’t end up gaining back all your lost weight is to make certain that you’ve lost it in the right way.
What this means is that you should have used a combination of exercise and dieting. Starvation diets or drugs in particular will definitely give you a high risk of regaining whatever weight you lost, so stay away from them.
2. Boost your metabolism rate
If you’ve lost weight primarily through dieting, then bad news: You could very well regain that weight as soon as you stop dieting.
Mainly this is because all you’ve really done is cut down your calorie intake so that you’re not consuming more calories than you spend. Within your body, nothing has really changed, so the minute you lay off your diet, you’re going to go back to square one pretty fast.
On the flipside, if you’ve been exercising and in particular building up and toning your muscles, then you should have raised your metabolism rate, and this is going to help you to keep your weight down indefinitely.
With a higher metabolism rate, you’ll find that you can lay off the diet that you’re on and still maintain a decent weight, provided you keep your metabolism up.
3. Find a balance and strike it!
All said and done, the final step of keeping your weight loss is to find a balance.
After you’re done ‘losing weight’ and have moved on to maintaining your current weight, you’ll want to find a sort of balance between calorie intake and exercise that allows you to do so.
Needless to say, it won’t be as demanding as your ‘weight loss’ routine, and so it will allow you more relaxation, but will help to ensure that you don’t go back to the size and shape that you were.
Follow these steps, and you should be able to rest assured that you’re not going to face the troubles that you did in the past. Once your weight is gone, keeping it gone is a lot easier, provided you go about it the right way.
And now that you know what that way is, you know what to do when you’re looking to maintain that ideal weight of yours!