You’ve been dieting to fit into that dress for your cousin’s wedding or to look great for your high school reunion. Now that you’ve achieved your goal weight how do you keep it off?  Maintaining a healthy weight means continuing to make healthy lifestyle choices. Many diets are based on will power instead of life style choices. Losing weight shouldn’t be viewed as a quick fix, but instead it should be about developing healthy habits. The problem with many diets is that when you restrict your calories, you slow down your metabolism. This can also shift your appetite regulating hormones that can cause weight gain.

The most important thing you can do to maintain a healthy weight is exercise. Exercising will help you balance your calorie intake so that you are burning the same amount of calories that you consume. Many experts say that it is important to get in 40 minutes of vigorous exercise three to four times a week. However, even exercise that isn’t rigorous can also have an extremely positive impact on your health. When you’re at work find time to take a walk or purposefully park far away in a store parking lot to get just a little bit more exercise in. It is also important that after weight loss you focus on building muscle because with weight loss comes muscle loss.

If you want to keep the weight off, it is important that you keep up with healthy eating habits too. You want to keep fibrous foods in your diet such as legumes, fruits, grains, vegetables, beans, and nuts. Fiber sugars are absorbed slowly into your bloodstream, keeping your blood sugar level from rising too quickly. It’s also important to eat a lot of protein. Protein will make you feel full and reduce your appetite because protein takes a considerably amount of energy to break down. The best way to maintain healthy habits is by eating a healthy breakfast. Starting off your day with good habits will help you make healthy choices throughout the rest of your day. It will make you feel good about making good choices.

Eating right and getting the right amount of exercise are obvious ways to keep your weight balanced. However, hydration, sleep, and checking in with your health goal will also make it easy to maintain your weight. Hydration is important because it helps you feel full, while sleep deprivation can make you feel hungry. You are also more likely to make unhealthy choices when you are tired. If you weigh yourself often, you are more likely to maintain your weight because you will be reminded of your weight goals. It’s okay to get off track and have a cheat day once in a while. However, it is important to have a plan to get back on track to your healthy habits.