By Monica Ganz, PhD, CWLC
Weight maintenance is one of the most difficult parts of the weight-loss journey. You will face many challenges and triumphs along the way, and it is important to have a strong support system in place to help you. Here are some important tips on weight maintenance, along with an introduction to a nonprofit organization that is designed to support individuals in their weight-loss journey.
We all know exactly what weight gain is; the scale goes up in numbers, our clothes start to get tight, it takes more effort to get out of a chair, the seat belt is tighter and we just don’t feel as well.
We all know what weight-loss is; the scale shows us a lower number, our clothes hang funny and fall off of us, people start complimenting us about the way we look, we feel better and we need less medicine.
But, weight maintenance is something that we all have failed to understand. We have gone up and down in our weight our entire lives, struggling to keep the weight off, gaining weight over and over again. Gaining it has always been easy; I just look at brownies and I gain two pounds. I never understood my neighbor who was always a perfect size eight and ate everything in sight. We all know people like that.
What has always been missing is weight maintenance – it was something that I had never achieved. It was elusive to me. I was a constant “yo yo.” I would lose the weight and thought I could maintain my weight-loss, but those old habits would sneak back in and sabotage me one more time. The frustration grew every time that I would go down and then back up again, and many times with bonus extra pounds. Each time getting more and more frustrated.
We all have heard the new Weight Watchers ad campaign, that diets do not work. Every one of us know that diets do not work. We have tried them all and look where we ended up; heavier and more frustrated.
The only thing that will have lasting effects on us is when we are ready to make lifestyle changes. These changes will make us not only lose the weight, but keep it off for life. To lose weight and keep it off, the best approach is to focus on lifestyle changes and develop an eating plan that’s enjoyable, yet healthy and low in calories. This approach will result in weight-loss that you can live with – that is, that you can maintain over a long period of time.
We need to attend support groups and get a constant stream of positive motivation to keep us on the maintenance road. It is easy to get lost and to end up in a dead end; your support group can direct you back at anytime. We are here to help you achieve the goals that are important to you.
We each need to learn to make it a lifestyle that you can live with and enjoy day in and day out to continue to maintain your weight-loss.
Weight maintenance requires daily exercise, healthy eating, a long-term commitment and constant attention. The following habits are essential to develop in order for you to achieve long-term weight maintenance:
About the Author:
Monica Ganz, PhD, CWLC, is a behaviorist who has worked with support groups for more than 30 years. She is an internationally known speaker on behavioral changes that are needed to maintain long-term weight-loss and to overcome obesity. She is the founder of www.MakeitaLifestyle.com and works with Healthwise Technologies, Inc. as their Corporate Bariatric Program Director.
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