How to Maintain Weight Loss: 12 Tips Backed by Science
So you’ve finally hit your goal weight! Or perhaps you’ve been cutting calories for more than a few months and need a temporary diet break. But where exactly do you go from here? How can you start to add in more of your favorite foods and loosen up restrictions without destroying your progress?
It is understandable that after all of your hard work, that you’re worried about weight regain. Day to day weight fluctuations and changes in weight throughout your life are entirely normal. Also, gaining a few pounds over time is nothing to worry about. Its when all of the weight creeps back, or all of it and then some.
Weight maintenance will look a little different than your old ways before you started dieting in the first place, and it is the true test of finding a healthy balance and learning what moderation looks like. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top twelve ways to settle into your new weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle moving forward.
What Causes Weight Gain?
Many people fear that restricting calories at low levels for weight loss will damage their metabolism, and once they start eating regularly again, they will immediately gain the weight back. But the number one cause behind weight gain is not a destroyed metabolism, it’s poor calorie control and not having a handle on what a proper maintenance diet should look like (1). Hitting your goal weight is not a license to go back to your old eating habits, doing this will only cause you to go back to your old weight.