What if the Weight Comes Back?
As you make your way along your weight loss journey, you may find you have a recurring fear: What if the weight comes back after I reach my goal?
Research shows that it's a well-founded fear because most people that lose weight regain it, and more. But there are positive steps you can take to ensure that it doesn't happen to you:
- Monitor your weight so that you will be able to stop any gain early on. If you're not watchful, it can sneak up on you all too easily.
- Your new, lighter body doesn't require as many calories to sustain itself, yet it's easy to slip back to your old portion sizes. Keep portion size in mind, and consider making a habit of leaving a few bites of food on your plate as a reminder.
- You likely started exercising more to lose weight, and if that's the case you'll need to keep it up to maintain your weight loss. The good news is that it doesn't have to be done all at once; it's accumulative through your day. Walk further, take the stairs, however you enjoy it.
When you reach your goal, you'll want to keep an eye on your weight, watch your portion sizes, and keep moving so that you can continue to enjoy all you've accomplished.
Megan Porter, RD