Reaching your goal weight is a huge accomplishment! If you have finally reached your weight loss goal, congratulations! Now, let’s talk about how to maintain weight loss.
Hitting your goal weight is just one step in your health journey. Maintaining at that weight is another feat on its own. Luckily for you, I help people lose weight and keep it off forever. So read on for my tips on how to maintain weight loss! If you follow these simple instructions, you should be able to maintain your weight no problem!
Gradually adjust your diet
If you have been cutting calories to lose weight, you should start gradually adding calories back in. Try adding 100-150 calories into your daily calorie allotment every couple weeks. Adding much more than that will shock your body and could result in weight gain.
See how those extra calories affect your body. If your weight remains unchanged and you still feel hungry, add in a few more calories. Again, just make sure this is a slow and gradual process. Don’t rush it.
Reverse dieting like this will help restore your metabolism so your body can burn calories more efficiently. It will also increase your maintenance calories so that you can eat more!
Once you reach your goal weight, keep exercising. You still need to move if you want to keep the weight off.
If your weight loss workout routine included long, daily workouts. Then I recommend gradually reducing the amount of exercise you do just as we did with the dieting. You can do this by slightly shortening your workouts or taking one extra rest day a week.
You also want to find workouts that you enjoy and that keep your muscles challenged. Try following along with my MFit workouts! I am constantly creating new exercises to keep you all challenged and engaged! I also have workouts of varying lengths; everywhere from 5 to 60 minutes. You’ll certainly find workouts that fit with your maintenance stage on this site!
In addition to exercise, you also want to stay active throughout the day. Make a step goal for yourself and try to take 6,000 to 10,000 steps everyday.
Doing 30 minutes of exercise a day is great. However, if you sit or lie down for the remaining 23.5 hours of the day, that exercise hardly matters. Walk around, stretch and keep moving all day long!
Make new goals
It can be hard to find motivation to exercise once you have reached your goals, so I suggest making new goals. Try making fitness related goals like: run a 10k, lift a certain amount of weight or be able to do five pull-ups. These goals will keep your workouts more exciting and give you new things to strive for.