Keeping Weight Off Over Time
There shouldn’t be a deadline for achieving a healthy body. Losing body fat, gaining muscle, and improving your overall well-being is a lifelong adventure.
That said, it is possible to lose weight a little more quickly than the standard rate of 1-2 pounds per week. Texas FITT founders Stephanie and Clinton Springer are proud to offer their clients the 20-30 Fast Track and Listen To Your Body Program which can help people lose weight, keep it off, and take back control of their health.
5 Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You Keep The Weight Off
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to weight loss, but anyone looking to improve their health should be prepared to adopt a lifestyle that supports a healthier, leaner body. Here are 5 practical action steps you can take to ensure that whatever weight you’ve worked so hard to lose will stay off for good:
1. Make time to eat breakfast.
Nourishing your body in the morning with healthy fats and protein can jumpstart your metabolism and stave off those mid-morning hunger pangs (when you’d otherwise be tempted by all those sweets in the office). If you’re trying to lose body fat, avoid eating carbohydrates (even fruit!) in the morning, as this can stunt your body’s fat-burning state.
2. Stay moving.
Get to the gym regularly and find ways to increase your overall physical activity throughout the day to ensure you’re burning calories. Park farther away, take the stairs, go for a lunchtime walk—anything to keep yourself going.
3. Schedule “treat” meals.
If you try to completely ban all “bad” foods, then you may be putting yourself at risk for going completely overboard if and when you give in to temptation. Consciously plan treat meals (in moderation) so that you can enjoy your guilty pleasures without the guilt.
4. Never leave home without a water bottle.
Staying hydrated is key for thwarting food cravings and supporting an active body. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces every day, and probably more given your frequent exercise and our hot Texan climate.
5. Revisit your goals as needed.
If you achieve your weight loss goals, create new ones to help keep you motivated. Perhaps you want to be able to do a pull-up or take a new class. Take time—2 to 4 times per year—to re-evaluate and update your goals so that you’ll have the intrinsic motivation to keep doing what you know is best for you.
No matter how quickly you end up losing weight, we encourage you to care less about pounds lost and more about healthy habits developed. Your future self will thank you.
Looking for more help staying motivated, lean, and healthy? To schedule a free tour or to learn more about the fun and challenging fitness classes we offer at Texas FITT, then call our team today at (817) 459-3488.