12 Diet Secrets of People Who’ve Maintained Their Weight Loss
Shedding extra pounds is hard, but keeping them off can be harder. Steal the secrets of these big “losers” to help preserve your healthier, slimmer body for good.
They keep using those measuring cups
Stress can play a big role in weight gain, which is why it’s critical to be aware of why you’re eating at any given time. Alexis Eggleton, 34, went through this struggle until she joined Weight Watchers. “Weight Watchers gave me the tools to practice portion control and moderation, and really helped me work on my work-life balance and emotional wellness,” Eggleton says. She’s maintained her 100-pound weight loss by staying committed to a workout regimen that includes walking, running, biking, or working out at home with fitness DVDs, and eating sensible portions, always using her measuring cups and spoons. Memorize these portion control sizes for easy weight loss.
They accept how they feel about food
Most people hide or just ignore the fact that their relationship with food is not the healthiest, which can easily lead to an expanded waistline. Gabriel Reyes, 59, discovered that in order to lose 75 pounds and keep it off, he had to face his demons, consciously avoiding processed foods and red meat, and mainly sticking to whole foods. “Now I eat only when I’m hungry—not to fill an emotional void; I eat only enough to feel pleasantly full; and I exercise for at least an hour five to six times a week,” he says. “I also meditate and focus on my body and health, and use a calorie counter app.” These tricks can help you shut down shut down emotional eating.
They consciously stay in control
Pounds have a way of creeping up without your noticing, and the day you become aware of it may be your breaking point. That was the case for Marisa Hochburg, 27, who was tired of being overweight and decided to take control of her life. After losing 75 pounds, knew she needed to keep up her “take control” approach. “The key is to make your diet and exercise routine into a lifestyle,” Hochburg says. She mainly eats lots of protein (no meat, just fish), tofu, seitan, veggies, egg whites, and salads. “I try to stay away from anything processed or anything that comes out of a can,” she says. To keep herself in shape, Hochburg is devoted to her SoulCycle classes, and makes sure to walk everywhere possible. “I walk to my office, appointments, and meetings. I leave extra time to walk. Every extra step counts!” Learn the one habit that helped these six people lose 10 pounds.
They keep themselves accountable
To lose 27 pounds after having a baby, Stacie Krajchir, 48, found that sticking to the same menu day after day helped take the guesswork out of the process. But when it came to maintaining her weight loss, it’s regular check-ins that have made all the difference. “I think my success in maintaining has been checking in and getting weighed every few months as a ‘refresher,’ Krajchir says. “And I set up a reminder to drink lots of water, and eat fruits and packed with water like celery, cucumbers, and watermelon.”