The one question, you hear asked so often on weight loss reality television shows is, what causes one to keep the weight off? The Washington Post reported on October 8, 2013, that the missing piece to keeping weight off is not solely nutrition, but relies on the person’s attitude about life and food, in general.
It is especially important to be too critical of yourself or set your goal weight too high. Experts advise it is much better to shave about five to ten percent off your current weight, maintain that weight for a year or two, then reassess if you want to lose more weight.
Losing weight is nutrition almost solely, however, keep the weight off is more a mental aspect. It is important even when at your goal weight to keep an active lifestyle. It is recommended everyone get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
Make time to eat. This means sit down and eat, chewing your food and swallowing. Don’t get used to inhaling your food without even tasting it. Eating should be enjoyable. You can’t enjoy your food unless you take your time and savor each bite.
In order to keep the weight off, you must learn what a serving looks like. Portion control is very important. Without knowing proper portions, you are much more likely to over eat. If you like potato chips and cannot eat just one serving, stop buying them. The temptation is too much to keep in your home.
Support is important to have in place. Once you have relapsed, seek support so you can get the assistance you need to insure it will not happen again. Seeking support does not make you weak. The aspect of losing weight you are struggling with, maybe another person has mastered it and is struggling with something you have mastered. The online communities like Myfitnesspal are wonderful for getting weight loss support, and make connections that will help you tackle your weight issues once and for all.