One of the most rewarding experiences for a dieter is when they finally achieve the weight loss they have dreamed about for so long. Yet, one of the most challenging situations is how to keep it off and never gain it back again.
If you are a dieter, you can relate to this dilemma. There are so many tips and tricks to keeping the weight off, but the truth is, tips and tricks just don’t work. And, sometimes they can even be downright dangerous, robbing your body of the nourishment it needs.
No form of dieting is going to work for losing weight and keeping it off. So, what is your solution? The key to losing the weight and keeping it off lies in a tailored 3 part solution that includes a healthy mindset, caring support and nutrition education.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Solution 1: a healthy mindset
Having a healthy non-diet mindset is crucial if you are going to keep the weight off for good. A healthy non-diet mindset means that you don’t have a list of foods that you can and cannot eat, and don’t have a list of rules that tell you what, when and how much to eat. Having a healthy non-diet mindset means that you rely on your internal hunger and satiety signals to determine when and how much to eat.
You give yourself unconditional permission to eat what you want when you are hungry and when you do this, you will see that you will not overeat, because it’s not a matter of being “good” or “bad”. Cultivating a healthy non-diet mindset is not always easy, especially if you’ve been dieting for a while, but it is essential.
Solution 2: caring support
Caring support comes from within yourself as well as from those around you. You must pay special attention to your self-care needs or it will be very difficult to keep the weight off for good. If you work all the time, get very little sleep and have no play time, it will be easy to fall back into old eating habits and see weight return.
Besides the care you give to yourself, it is also important to look for support from those around you. This could be friends, family members or co-workers who are also working on losing weight and keeping it off. You may even consider a professional coach or registered dietitian nutritionist to support you on your journey.
Solution 3: nutrition education
Where do you get your nutrition advice from? Oprah? Dr. Oz? The guy in the health food store? A magazine? There is a lot of misinformation out there that can be confusing and overwhelming.
This is because either those who report nutrition information don’t know how to correctly interpret the info or they only provide you with sound bites on the evening news and sound bites don’t tell the whole story. There are many studies that come out that often contradict each other. One day you’re told to take vitamin E and the next day you’re told not to.
So, here’s the key thing to remember. Have a reliable source that you feel you can trust who can really educate you so you can make the right choices for your body and lifestyle. Base your food choices on sound nutrition, not the myths and misconceptions that are out there. Nutrition education is an essential part of your 3 part solution to taking care of your body by making healthy food choices.
Congratulations on losing the weight. Now, see how you can utilize this 3 part solution to keeping the weight off for good.