Keeping off the Weight You’ve Lost

In 2004, a new reality show launched — and earned ratings good enough to spur the show to sixteen more seasons. That show’s name? The Biggest Loser.  

This year (on June 13th, 2017, to be exact), another reality show launched, much more quietly. Only the future will tell how this show will fare in the ratings — but, to be honest, the focus of this work is set more toward the past. This show´s name is The Big Fat Truth — and it explores the health struggles of several former Biggest Loser contestants.  

As feel-good as the original show may have been, virtually every single contestant eventually gains back the weight that they lost. And this trend is so consistent and so dramatic that the National Institutes of Health performed an in-depth study on former Biggest Loser participants in conjunction with Towson University of Baltimore, Maryland.  

The study concluded that ultra-rapid weight loss simply failed to address many of the underlying causes of obesity and weight gain. Metabolic adjustment, lifestyle changes, and emotional triggers of overeating simply cannot be overcome in such a short time — and reality TV shows that make people think otherwise are not as inspiring and uplifting as they may seem.  

Losing weight is not a sprint — in fact, it is not even a marathon. It is a new way of living. One that depends upon a consistent and holistic approach to caring for your body. If you are have successfully managed to lose weight and are hoping to maintain your results for the long haul, then the following six tips can help: 

Hydrate

Not only is hydration key to healthy digestion, muscle function, and joint health — it can also help limit feelings of hunger and food cravings.

Stay active

An active lifestyle is another important way of limiting unhealthy cravings while also burning calories that would otherwise add up in terms of extra pounds. 

Set goals

Have you ever dreamed of completing a half-marathon? Do you have a dream weight that you would like to reach and maintain? Are you striving to beat your best ever bench press? Whatever your personal goals may be, making them clear to yourself and your friends can help you stay focused and motivated — which, in turn, will help you resist temptation.

Find healthy foods you love

If eating well is painful, you are unlikely to follow through in the long term. Fortunately, there are many healthy foods that are just as delicious as they are nutritious — and finding the options that you truly enjoy will increase your likelihood of sticking to your diet tenfold.  

Control portions

Even the healthiest foods in the world can still do harm if you eat too much! As the old axiom goes, all things in moderation! To attain optimal health results, it is important to control your portions to a reasonable size.  

Sleep

Failing to get an adequate amount of sleep is one of the best ways to destroy your self-control and lose sight of your long-term vision. 

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