Health & Wellness
10 Tricks for Sticking to a Healthy Lifestyle
Congratulations: You reached your goals! Keeping your healthy lifestyle is the same as achieving it, but also a different animal in itself. Follow this clear path to success.
The true trick to hitting your health goals is sticking to them. It’s straightforward enough to count calories and exercise your way across a finish line. But what happens when you reach your goal? Obviously, reverting to your old habits can only hurt you. But what exactly are you expected to do now? You need clear rules to follow.
Keeping your healthy lifestyle is the same as achieving it, but also a different animal in itself. Respect the struggle it might become. You’ve accomplished something great, but the hard part has only just really begun. Here’s how to keep up your healthy lifestyle.
Monitor what you eat.
Don’t throw away your food logs just because you’ve reached your goal. Little things can and will sneak back into your diet, and you must be aware of them before they get out of hand. Keep watching what you eat.
Dehydration is no joke. Staying hydrated is staying healthy. Continue to opt for water over other sugary drinks, though feel free to sparingly work them back into your diet.
Savor every single bite of food you take, and stop when you are full. Do not allow yourself to slip into mindless, automatic eating. Be aware of every bite you take.
Eat more at the start of your day.
Make sure you are eating breakfast. Keep your lunches at noon, and your dinners reasonably early. Eating late at night will cause weight to come back.
Weigh yourself regularly.
Keep track of how things are going. Weigh yourself once a week at first, and then taper off onto only occasional weighings if you have been successful in keeping the weight off. If you have not, make changes as soon as you notice weight returning.
Be consistent, but not boring with your food.
Consistency is key in maintaining a healthy diet, but too much of the same causes food boredom which can end with you eating out more and more. Spice things up now and again with your own homemade food, but stick to your healthy foods more often than not.
Continue to strive for a healthier lifestyle.
There are always ways to improve. See what changes you are willing and able to further make, and monitor how they go to see if they work for you. Nix them if they don’t help, even if they have helped someone else.
Continue to go to the gym, or weight loss meetings, or whatever community you found support in while you were losing weight. If they were worth their (lost) weight in gold, they will continue to be valuable resources for support. If not, hold yourself accountable.
Be proud, but not complacent.
You have accomplished something great, and you have every right to be proud. But complacency can only hurt you; make sure to not get too comfortable in your success when there is still so much work for you to do.
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