9 Secrets of Successful Weight Maintenance
You lost the weight — congratulations! Now it’s time to shift your strategy to make it last.
Maintaining weight loss takes a different approach than losing the weight. You can do it, and you can make it easier by following advice from people who have been there and kept the pounds off for years, and even decades.
Surprise: It’s not all about food anymore.
1. They do it for themselves first.
“Your desire to maintain must be driven by something that’s deeper and consistent with your own internal values,” says Scott Kahan, MD, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness.
Take some time to think about what’s really important to you and how your weight ties into it. For example, you want to be there to see your grandkids grow up, or to take that biking vacation you’ve always wanted to do.