Healthy Habits for Weight Management
In order to lose weight most people need to follow a diet or other weight loss program and increase their activity levels. But when it comes to weight maintenance, that’s when things can get somewhat more complicated. All too often, people who have successfully lost weight, gain it back once they’ve reached their weight loss goals. This happens for a variety of reasons, but most of all it happens because people go back to their old, negative eating habits.
In order to maintain your current weight, you’ll want therefore to pick up some better habits. Below are some of the best habits to develop for long term weight maintenance and management success.
1.Keep up your water intake. Drinking eight cups of water a day dramatically increases overall health and keeps you from overeating. Sometimes we eat when we are actually dehydrated. Misreading our body’s cues is one of the main causes of weight gain. So be sure you are keeping your body well hydrated as a means to stave off excess eating.
2.Regular exercise. Exercise isn’t just something that you can take or leave. Exercise and regular physical activity are key to weight maintenance. If you have developed an exercise program that works for you during your weight loss phase, keep this up. While you might be adding back a few foods that were off the list while dieting, you’ll need to maintain workouts in order not to gain the weight you’ve lost back.
3.Develop a regular sleep routine. Getting enough sleep is often underrated in our busy and stressful lives, but sleep deprivation leads to overeating and weight gain. Getting adequate amounts of rest will not only keep you healthy, but it will also make it easier to stick to a healthy eating plan and keep your scheduled workouts.
4.Limit late night snacking. If you think that after reaching your target weight you’ll be able to start back with the late night snacking on chips and other off limit foods, you’ll have to readjust your expectations. After all the hard work of losing weight you don’t want to jeopardize this by going back to bad habits. Hopefully you’ve learned a few tricks for substituting high fat and high carb treats for healthier alternative. Opt for low fat yogurt and fruit if you feel you need a sweet end of the evening pick me up.
5.Finally, remember moderation. If after dieting you feel you really have deprived yourself and need to indulge here and there then go right ahead. But know that you will have to make up for it by extra time on the treadmill or smaller portion sizes at dinner. If you must have a taste of the chocolate truffle or whatever it is, just make sure you keep it to a few bites. If this will satisfy an intense craving then go right ahead, but don’t let this lead you into a full on chocolate binge or you’ll be very sorry.
Keeping weight off is one of the hardest things to do for those who have successfully lost pounds. Make sure to follow the above guidelines so that you don’t let yourself slip right back to where you started, or worse!
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