Losing weight is almost as tough as maintaining weight lost, if not harder. For about 8 years now, I have been able to maintain the same weight relatively. There are five tips, that have been crucial in helping me achieve this. Over time I have noticed that this is something many people struggle with.
I would be sharing some of the most effective ways I have discovered that help me maintain my weight. It has prevented me from straying too far from my ideal weight and ensuring I don’t gain weight I cannot lose easily.
1. Set an ideal and maximum weight for yourself
This is basically having a set weight that you feel comfortable and confident being which is achievable. Then also, setting a maximum weight threshold that you would not like to pass which is also realistic.
Personally, my ideal weight is 73kg this is the weight that I feel very body positive and confident being. While my maximum weight threshold is 78kg, this my “watch yourself” weight. I always try to ensure I do not weigh more than 78kg for a long period of time without working out or changing my diet to get back to my ideal weight.
This method is a great way to cultivate high self-discipline and would be easy for you if you already possess. Food for thought, isn’t it easier to lose about 5kg in a month or few months, than to struggle to lose 10kg or more? I think the answer is clear to see. Trying to lose 10kg takes a lot more effort and can seem like such a discouraging figure especially when your body requires intense work and longer period to lose weight (which is how it is for me).
To set this weight you have to be very realistic and honest with yourself. 73kg is not the fittest I can be, but this is a weight I feel healthy and fit in. I like the way my body looks at this weight and how my clothes fit which is what matters to me.
However, for my maximum weight this is the weight I tell myself that I am fat and unfit in (these are two things I really don’t like being so that’s my motivation). Just like everyone else, I have moments when I gain that holiday weight or take those long breaks from working out and eating well. This is basically my red flag weight.
Another thing you should know is never be so harsh on yourself. Especially when you’re actively doing something to get to your ideal weight or maintain it. Like if I’m 75kg today, I wouldn’t put so much pressure on myself because I know I’m not too far from my ideal weight. However, if I keep seeing 78kg or 79kg consistently. I start putting pressure on myself to start taking action ASAP.
Weight might not be the accurate measure for everyone. For an alternative, you could decide to measure parts of your body and set minimum and maximum inches for each part. It is still very important that you set realistic measures.
2. Have a sustainable fitness plan and lifestyle
The major culprit of excessive weight gain is starting fitness habits you can not maintain long-term. This is the most important key in being able to maintain a healthy weight. Yes, that 7-day diet may have helped you lose 10 pounds. But can you stay on that diet for another month or three without regressing? Chances are you probably cannot.
Ensuring you have eating habits you can maintain are essential. It could entail eating smaller portions, cutting out junk food and so on. Having a not too restrictive diet. Or eating healthier substitutes of things you like are some ways you can achieve this.
Also having a workout schedule that you can adhere to. Not everyone can do the 5 times a week workout. But if you can keep up with 2 or 3 times then do that and be as consistent as possible. Always pick a workout activity you like or hate the least. Something that you know you can easily do without many excuses. Like if you prefer walking to every other thing, stick to that rather than paying for a gym subscription you won’t use. In this post I shared some alternative workout options that do not include going to the gym.
3. Cultivate a positive relationship with your body
When you love and respect your body, you would want to do everything possible to ensure it feels and looks good. A positive mindset breeds positive habits.
I used to have many negative opinions about my body and hated the way I looked, this was very unhelpful in losing weight. It made me give up easily on my fitness journey which encouraged setbacks or going back to unhealthy habits. In this post, I shared some tips I took on overcoming low self-esteem.
The same energy and effort you put into your relationships with people you love is the same energy your body deserves. Having negative thoughts in regards to your body just breeds resentment and disregard for your body. Hype yourself, love yourself, show off your best features and speak positively about your body. You may not necessarily believe it initially but trust me, once you make a conscious effort to do this it’s a great first step.
When you can love your body no matter how it looks, it would be easier to work towards getting to your ideal weight or fitness goals.
4. Get a support group a.k.a “Fit Fam”
Having a person or people that have similar weight loss goals or fitness goals can be very therapeutic. We all need that extra motivation or push from time to time.
The goal of a fit fam group or partner is to have people that can encourage you when you are feeling discouraged or lazy. However, having a group full of slackers or unserious people is not beneficial. You should ensure that there are some people in your fit fam group that are serious and dedicated to their fitness goals.
Consider them your accountability partners, they call you out when you’re slacking and encourage you when you’re not. Being honest and open with them is important, these are not people you are trying to impress or pretend to as that helps no one. Share your fitness highs and lows with them, you can learn new tips and tricks from them as well.
Lastly, you do not need to depend on these people to determine how often you workout or how well you eat. Those things should always be ultimately determined by you, as it is your sole responsibility. They are there for support not to be followed and copied verbatim. You can not rely on someone to make you do something you know you need or want to do, because this gives them control over your fitness journey which is not advisable.
5. Be in tune with your body
Being in tune with your body, requires paying keen attention and listening to it. In order to maintain a healthy weight, learn about your body so you would know what works and what doesn’t for you.
By paying attention to my body, I discovered some workouts are not as effective as others for me. Now most times I can also tell when I’m way past my ideal weight without stepping on a scale.
This has helped be me more accountable. I know when I need to keep up the pressure and when I can afford to relax a little. We all have different bodies which is why understanding what works well for you, makes maintaining your weight easier.
Are there some foods that make you gain weight like crazy? Cut them out. Is there a workout plan that really accelerates your weight loss? Do that. Are you over exerting yourself whilst working out? Take a break. These are the type of questions you can answer when you’re in tune with your body. Being more in tune with your body is one of the numerous benefits of having a positive relationship with your body as well.
These are 5 tips that have made maintaining my weight easier and I still religiously follow them all. If you found these tips helpful please let me know in the comment section. Also, if you need some extra advice or want more posts like this simply leave a comment or connect with me on social media.