Preparing Yourself for the Weight-Loss Maintenance Phase
Posted Mar 15 2013 5:00am
It pays to get ready ahead of time for the final weight-loss
phase. Don’t let maintaining your weight loss sneak up on you without preparing
for it. If you don’t prepare, you will be in for lots of surprises that will
test and perhaps sink your resolve.
Experience, especially good experience, makes a big
difference here. Believe it or not, you can get some early experience with
weight maintenance during the weight-loss phase. You can use diet cheats,
weight-loss plateaus, and some of your very good weight-loss strategies to practice for the later weight-loss maintenance phase.
A diet cheat, of course, is where you deviate from your
diet, usually with a treat of something salty or some calorie-rich food (or
candy). You could also cheat on a diet by eating seconds or eating too big a
portion. In any case, a diet cheat gives you a chance to learn how to recover
and get back to your diet or weight-loss regimen. This is exactly what you will
have to do during the maintenance phase. You will have to know how to recover
from eating too much at one meal or eating too much at the restaurant on
Saturday and get back to your usual portion size or usual food. You might even
have to compensate for overeating or eating fattening foods by eating less or
eating differently for a meal or two or a day or two.
Weight-loss plateaus, which are a natural part of the
weight-loss process, are another early opportunity to practice weight-loss
maintenance and gain experience in what maintenance will be like. During a
weight-loss plateau you’ve stopped losing weight. Your job then, for the time
being, will be to keep your weight where it is and not gain more. You have your
diet or eating plan to guide you, but you also need to keep your head.
Weight-loss plateaus can wreak havoc with your confidence. They can make you
terribly frustrated, or worried, or angry, or any of a lot of different
powerful emotions that might throw you off your weight plateau, but in the
During the losing weight phase, you most likely will have to
deal with lots of different issues that could throw you off your weight-loss
course. One of the major issues that you will strategize about time after time
will be your own feelings, how they affect your eating and your dieting, and
what to do about them. This is a task for everyone during the weight-loss phase:
how to break the bond between emotion and food, and how to sustain your effort
over time. In order to accomplish separating emotion from food and making a
sustained effort, you will develop strategies that work for you. You can then keep
these strategies and use them later during the weight-loss maintenance phase.
There you have it, opportunities to prepare for maintaining weight
loss way before the weight-loss maintenance phase is upon you. Now it’s up to
you to do the rest.