Are you scared of the statistics on regaining lost weight? Want the secret to a lifetime Thin Club membership?
We all do. We didn't work this hard to get where we are for nothing, and we don't-- any of us-- want to backslide. But if you haven't changed the patterns that caused you to gain weight in the first place, whatever those patterns might be, you will gain weight.
Nobody wants to hear that, I know, but it's the truth. Losing the weight was the easy part, in some ways. The hard part is to make those new habits stick. Here are some of the items on my personal list. They may seem obvious, but it's also obvious that many Americans aren't doing them.
-Drink plenty of water every day.
-Exercise, exercise, exercise! If you've lost a significant amount of weight, and exercise is still something you dread, it's time to try another activity. See my post below on "Shake Up Your Exercise."
-Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Eat reasonable-sized portions of everything.
-When you're full, stop eating.
-Don't deny yourself anything. If you feel too restricted, you will cheat. It's much better to have a small piece (very small!) of dark chocolate now than to inhale a big bag of M&Ms later when the craving overcomes your willpower.
-Weigh yourself regularly. If you see your weight starting to creep up, even if it's just a little bit, take steps to correct it. You know how to do this. You lost the weight in the first place, didn't you?
-Take pride in the new you and love your life.