You’ve stuck to the diet, you’ve done the exercise and now you’ve finally lost all the weight that you set out to do. What’s next? While the process of losing weight can feel like the hardest step, actually knowing how to go on with your life afterwards can be just as big of a deal. Going forwards with no plan or outline to follow is a very scary thing indeed and before long, you might find yourself back where you started all over again. Maintaining weight loss takes a little getting used to but by adapting your routine, it can be easily done. Rather than looking to extreme fixes to show you the way, you can keep a healthy figure through a series of balanced lifestyle changes. You lost the weight in the first place, you can keep it off into the future.
Don’t Call It A Diet
Going on a crash diet and then expecting your life to go on as normal is not likely to happen. Eating routines that promise unhealthily fast results can never be maintained for a long period of time and unfortunately, they often are built up to fail. If you’re serious about leading a healthier life, then try thinking about your eating habits over the long term. Aiming for a healthy and nutritious spread of food can serve you much better, helping you to lose weight gradually over time. Calling something a diet means that it comes with an end point. Instead, think of your new eating habits as lifestyle changes. You can look into new recipes, plan out your meals and research what you’re eating. You’re in it for the long haul.
Don’t Associate Food With Emotions
We’ve all been there, face first in a tub of ice cream after a long and tiring day, but could there be another way? So many of us associate what we eat with how we’re feeling and by doing so, we fail to recognize the importance of what we’re putting into our bodies. Eating to make yourself feel better is only going to warp your relationship with food, making it harder for you to select healthier choices. Rather than cutting out your emotional attachment entirely, try instead changing it up. You should thinking about your food as a source of nourishment and energy, rather than comfort. The more nourished you want to feel, the better you will eat!
Work Out Your Stress Elsewhere
Just as food is often used as a tool to make us feel better, so too can it be used to get through moments of stress. Eating your way through a problem might seem like a good idea but over time, it can simply have negative ramifications. There are other sources of comfort at your disposal. Working through stress via conversation, exercise or meditation is a better use of your time and will have a more effective long term effect. If stress if really getting you down, try making sure you’re getting enough rest, and are following a naturally balanced diet. Your wellbeing starts from the inside out.
Forget About Cheat Days
When you label food as either being “good but uninteresting” or “bad but tasty”, you make a very dangerous distinction. Assuming that because food is healthy, it’s boring will lead you more likely to “cheat” by eating things that simply aren’t good for your health. Allowing yourself cheat days also validates the fact the healthy food you are supposed to be eating really isn’t what you want to be eating, setting up yet another tricky relationship. If you’re struggling to find recipes you really like, try extending your search. There are a ton of simple recipe books out there that include healthier versions of your favorite meals. Just because a dish is healthy, it doesn’t mean that it can’t taste great.
Choose An Activity You Love
Feeling forced to go to the gym is a sure fire way to lose interest in fitness. Loathing working out only makes getting fit a whole lot more difficult and over time, you simply won’t be able to keep up your routine. If you’re struggling with the gym, try taking your exercise elsewhere. You can try signing up for exercise classes, taking up a new sport or even using Youtube videos to work up a sweat. The key is to find something that you really like. Once you do, it will be so much easier to keep on going.