So you’ve put in the time and effort and have had great results to show for it. You’ve lost the excess weight that you were carrying around and now are the proud new owner of the body of your dreams.
You’re excited, you’re feeling good, and you’re ready to face life in this brand new body.
But, amongst all this, you might also feel a slight twinge of anxiety with regards to whether or not you’re going to be able to maintain this new body for the time to come.
Who’s to say that that weight isn’t going to come rushing back just as soon as you stop going about your diet and being a little more lenient in what you eat?
Fortunately, if you have a plan of attack, succeeding at weight maintenance can be a lot easier than you think. Here are some smart things that you need to know.
The very first thing that you must do to succeed at weight maintenance is to stay accountable. Now that you’ve reached your ideal weight, don’t think that this means you can eat what you want, when you want.
You still do need to be accountable. If you take a little too many ‘treats’ here and there, it’s going to add up.
If you notice that your weight is creeping up in a direction you don’t want it to go, immediately take action so you bring it back down lower again.
The sooner you can get it under control, the less work you’ll have to do moving forward.
Continue To Strength Train
Moving on, the second thing that you must keep doing is strength training. Strength training is the absolute most effective form of workout that will help keep the weight off over time.
Not only will it help you maintain a higher metabolic rate 24/7, but it also makes it easier to add carbs back into your diet.
Unless you plan to eat a carb-free diet for the years to come, this is very important for success.
Adapt A Flexible Mindset
Moving along, the next must-do for success is to make sure that you adopt a flexible frame of mind. Don’t see yourself as a success or failure. Rather, view this as life.
If you eat something you shouldn’t, you treated yourself. Get right back on with a healthy eating program.
Remember that all the good habits you developed should now become a permanent lifestyle for yourself. They shouldn’t be something that feels like torture or that you can’t keep up for some time to come.
If you did use improper dieting methods, it’s time to learn some wise techniques that will encourage health, high energy, and that you can sustain for life.
When you do, it’ll be easier to adopt the flexible mindset because you’ll naturally enjoy living a smarter lifestyle.
Make Fitness Fun
Finally, last but not least, start making fitness fun. If you’ve spent months in the gym and aren’t especially fond of gym workouts, start investigating some other options that you could do that you would derive more pleasure from.
Exercise to maintain your weight does not need to be more intense than exercise to lose weight, so relax a bit and do what you enjoy.
So there you have a few of the top secrets for successful weight maintenance. Stay on top of yourself and you’ll have no problem living in and enjoying your dream body.