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Congratulations, you’ve reached your weight loss goal! Now, all you have to do is make sure you’re one of the 5-10% of people who lose weight and manage to maintain it over time.
The next step you will be asking yourself is how much more can you eat? How much should you cut back on exercise, if you have made the lifestyle change that will allow you to lose weight permanently and most importantly, what does it really take to maintain your weight loss? The right answer to these questions is not easy at all.
The challenges of weight management involve both biological and psychological factors. For some of you who have achieved your weight loss goals, you will start regaining weight simply because you will start eating a little bit more and exercising a little less, often without even noticing it. Sometimes your body will likely try to put on some of the weight you have lost. It accomplishes this with a complex set of metabolic adjustments that will cause you to gradually gain weight even though you are maintaining your diet and you have maintained a balance between calories eaten and calories expended. If you have always gained weight easily, have a history of obesity and had to struggle with weight loss, food cravings and increased appetite, you should expect that keeping the weight off is going to require some special attention and effort on your part.
Tips to help maintain your healthy weight
Always remember that everything you’ve heard about the negative effects of stress, inadequate sleep and poor nutrition on weight loss will be potentially more significant during weight maintenance.
Other tips that can help are…
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