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Quick Tips On How To Maintain Weight Loss

Quick Tips On How To Maintain Weight Loss

One of the biggest struggles people face while trying to lose weight is keeping it off. The question of how to maintain weight loss is one that everyone has asked themselves at some point on their weight loss journey. Usually you will ask this question after losing the first few pounds, and again after meeting your weight loss goals. Countless people have lost the first 10 to 20 pounds only to gain them back again, and others have made it to their goal only to start gaining it back again. Here are some tips that will help you through both scenarios:

How to Maintain Weight Loss During Your Diet Program

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    • Reward yourself for your weight loss with nonfood options, like a pedicure, movie or item you’ve been wanting
    • Keep your eye on the finish line – think of yourself as a marathon runner who cannot give up after reaching the first couple of milestones. You must finish the race.
    • Don’t try to lose too quickly. 1 to 3 pounds per week is a healthy goal to have, and your body will thank you for taking it slowly!
    • Stick to what works – diet hopping is not a healthy way to lose weight. Even if you have hit a plateau, stick with the same program and you will eventually see the scale dop again.
    • Get an accountability partner. This should be someone you trust who will lose weight along with you and meet with you once or twice a week for moral support.

    How to Maintain Weight Loss After Reaching Your Goal

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      • Say hello to exercise. While dieting, your food was restricted, but you can’t restrict yourself forever, so now you should stay active to keep your goal weight.
      • Deal with your issues. If food was a problem before, it will become one again, so now it’s time to take care of your emotional health. Go to counseling, talk to friends, and do whatever it takes to deal with your problems so they won’t hinder your life anymore.
      • Love yourself – it’s time to relax a little and take some time to get to know the new you!
      • Get enough sleep – studies show that not sleeping enough can contribute to weight gain.

      Wherever you are in your weight loss journey, remember to be kind to yourself. It’s not worth it to waste time angry or frustrated at yourself. You will get there eventually if you keep on going, so when you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going.

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      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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