How to Maintain Weight Loss
10. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep greatly affects weight control.
Indeed, sleep deprivation appears to be a major risk factor for weight gain in adults and can interfere with weight maintenance.
This is partly because lack of sleep leads to higher levels of ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone because it increases appetite.
Additionally, poor sleepers tend to have lower levels of leptin, which is a hormone needed to control appetite.
Additionally, those who sleep for short periods are simply tired and therefore less motivated to exercise and make healthy food choices.
If you're not getting enough sleep, find a way to change your sleep habits. Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is optimal for weight control and overall health.
11. Check Your Stress Levels
Managing stress is an important part of managing your weight.
In fact, high levels of stress can contribute to weight regain by increasing levels of cortisol, which is a hormone released in response to stress.
Consistently high cortisol is linked to increased abdominal fat, as well as increased appetite and food intake.
Stress is also a common trigger for impulsive eating, which involves eating even when not hungry.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to combat stress, including exercise, yoga, and meditation.
12. Find A Support System
Maintaining your weight goals alone can be difficult.
One strategy to overcome this problem is to find a support system that makes you responsible and ultimately allies with you in your healthy lifestyle.
Studies have shown that having a partner to pursue your goals with can be beneficial for weight management, especially if that person is a partner or spouse with similar healthy habits.
One such study looked at the health behaviors of more than 3,000 couples and found that when one person adopted a healthy habit, such as exercise, the other was more likely to do the same.
13. Track Your Food Intake
Those who log their food intake in a diary, online food diary, or app may be more likely to maintain weight loss.
Food detectors are useful because they let you know how much you are actually eating, often providing specific information on how many calories and nutrients you are consuming.
Additionally, many food detectors allow you to log your exercise to make sure you are getting the amount you need to maintain your weight.
14. Eat Lots Of Vegetables
Several studies establish a relationship between high