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Weight Loss – Keeping It Off

Achieving healthy weight loss isn’t about a diet or restrictions but a lifestyle with healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity, and stress management – and sometimes a little help from a doctor and pharmacist to get you onto the right path! 

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s natural to want it to happen very quickly. But people with gradual and steady weight loss are more likely to keep the weight off. Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, rely on healthy eating and physical activity to help maintain health over the long term.

What to keep in mind

Once lost, maintaining a healthy weight becomes a lifelong challenge. It takes commitment. It’s important to create a supportive environment, both physically and with the people in your life, that can help you maintain your goal.

Most people who lose a large amount of weight have regained it 2 to 3 years later. One theory about regaining lost weight is that people who decrease the amount of calories they consume to lose weight experience a drop in the rate their bodies burn calories (i.e. metabolism)This makes it increasingly difficult to lose weight over a period of months. A lower metabolic rate may also make it easier to regain weight after a more normal diet is resumed. For these reasons, extremely low-calorie diets and rapid weight loss are discouraged.

Weight loss maintenance strategies

The strategies that encourage weight loss also play an important role in maintenance:

  1. People who have successfully lost weight and kept it off often rely on support from others to help them stay on course. Having a friend or partner who is also losing weight or maintaining a weight loss can help you stay motivated.

  2. You have embarked on a healthier lifestyle, now the challenge is maintaining the positive eating habits you’ve developed along the way.

  3. If exercise helped you lose weight, stick with it and make it part of this new lifestyle!

  4. Plan ahead. Maintain your healthier eating habits regardless of changes in your routine, such as eating out, weekends or holidays. By planning ahead, you’re less likely to slip up while still enjoying the finer things in life in moderation.

  5. Have fun with it! If you feel yourself slipping back into your old ways, mix things up a bit. Buy a new healthy cookbook or sign up for a fitness challenge like a 5k fun run.

Remember, if you wish to maintain your new, healthier weight, you should stick to the changes you’ve already made. If you return to your old habits, chances are your weight will creep back up again. Try to make the changes part of your lifestyle.

If you are concerned about weight management, have a chat with our pharmacists – Jenny, Gavin, Michelle, Maria, Amy or Jill!

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