According to researchers, only about one in every six Americans who have ever been overweight loses weight and maintains that loss. And while that number is larger than most weight loss clinical trials report, most Americans are still unable to lose weight and keep it off.
Simply put, the only thing harder than losing weight is keeping it off. We’ve all heard it before, but here are a few things you maybe haven’t!
Here’s How to Say Goodbye to the Pounds for Good
We’ve gathered some of our best tips and strategies for keeping up with your healthy lifestyle.
Develop (and keep) healthy habits.
Creating healthy habits is one of the first steps to success in any weight loss journey, whether you choose to make better nutritional choices or exercise more each week. The key to creating habits that stick is to start small and not overwhelm yourself by trying to change everything at once. Start with adding a walk to your week, not daily five-mile runs, a new diet plan, and nightly meditation. Less is more when you’re trying to stay with it.
Set firm goals, and keep setting new ones.
When you first started your journey, you may have set a goal to lose a few more pounds or gain lean muscle, but once you’ve done it (congrats, by the way!), how do you stay motivated to maintain your results?
Continue to set goals that hold you accountable and give you something to work for. Having something new to accomplish is much more motivating than simply staying the same. And remember, there’s a lot more to celebrate than the number on the scale. For your next goal, try training for a race, climbing an epic mountain, or completing the IsaBody Challenge®.
Create the meal plan you love.
An Isagenix System with Shake and Cleanse Days is a great way to go, but try not to be too strict on yourself and allow for modifications. While a normal 30-Day System calls for approximately 1,200 daily calories, you may want to up this to about 1,500 calories (depending on your size, gender, etc.) when you’re in maintenance mode.
Use your 500-600-calorie meal as a time to get creative with fun and healthy recipes, or shake up your shake game with new flavors every single day. When you never give yourself a chance to get bored with what you’re eating, you’ll be more likely to stay on track!
Make exercise exciting!
Let’s face it, the elliptical machine gets boring. So, while it’s important to maintain healthy habits (see tip No. 1), it’s just as important to create a little variety in your day-to-day routine. Exercise with friends, go to a new gym, or make a point to never do the same workout twice in one week – trust us, there are so many options!
So, are you ready to finally maintain those results you’ve worked so hard for? With these tips, we know you can do it.