Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wellness Wednesday

Many people have struggled with the issue of keeping weight off once they have lost it.  An article from Time reveals that the techniques used to lose weight are not the same as those needed to maintain the weight.  According to the article, the following four strategies are the most effective for weight-loss maintenance:
Eat a diet rich in low-fat protein
Follow a consistent exercise program
Reward yourself for dieting and exercising
Remind yourself why you want to keep the weight off
The researchers from the study believe that it is the overall mindset of the individual that predicts success.  In order to keep the weight off, "people have to start focusing on long-term, permanent lifestyle changes and behaviors."  After taking off weight, one cannot return to the same lifestyle choices that put the weight on in the first place.

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