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How to Maintain Your Weight

Author: Medifast California

September 05, 2016

How to Maintain Your Weight

Author: Medifast California

September 05, 2016

Even when you find a healthy diet, maintaining your weight loss can be difficult. Many people are able to rapidly lose a few pounds, or even more than a few pounds, but really struggle with how to maintain weight loss and their healthy lifestyle. There are a few reasons why this happens:

  • The temptation of eating the tasty—but unhealthy—foods you love can be overwhelming
  • Finding the time to work out might not always fit into a busy schedule
  • We tend to get discouraged when we don’t immediately see the weight coming off
  • Our goals of getting fit seem less tangible.

But Medifast Weight Control Centers offer great resources so maintaining your weight loss does not have to be so tough!

The Medifast Maintenance Program offers all clients a one-year maintenance program to ensure success continues after you have reached your weight loss goal. This is a benefit not found in most weight loss programs. Your weight loss counselor will work with you and teach you how to maintain weight loss in the long run.

Most importantly, counselors with the Medifast Maintenance Program will help you begin the important transition from Medifast meal replacements back to regular foods, a process that can be challenging for some people to maintain their weight loss progress.

A study published in BMC Public Health examines the various factors associated with maintenance of weight loss (Reilly, Mawn, Susta, Staines, Browne, and Sweeney, 2015). The researchers found that organization and planning were crucial to both weight loss and weight maintenance. Medifast CA understands just how important it is to be organized, so we have developed a program that is easy to follow and does all the planning for you. Medifast CA offers two distinct programs for clients in each phase of their weight loss journey.

  • Our Jump Start weight loss program initiates your weight loss and creates fast results. You’ll stay on this plan until you reach your goal weight.
  • The Stay Fit Maintenance plan provides you with the guidance and support you need to stay on track and teaches you how to maintain your weight.

According to Dr. Sciamanna, a physician and research scientist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, it is important to eat a diet that is low in sugar, and rich in low-fat sources of protein if you want to maintain your weight loss. The Medifast California Stay Fit Maintenance Plan provides clients with the support they need to transition to this type of lifestyle.

After gradually reintroducing all vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy and healthy whole grain items, maintenance clients work with their Weight Control Counselor to learn portion control, behavior modification and practical tips to eat healthy for life. Through this process, the same Counselor who helped you reach your goal, will help you maintain your weight loss with the guidance, support and accountability they offer. They are there for you every step of the way through our fully supported plan.

We also offer unique maintenance meals and snacks. Thrive by Medifast™ are delicious, healthy fuelings designed to help you maintain your weight while providing the nutrition your body needs for a healthy life. Similar to the Medifast meal replacements, they are portable and convenient and are specially designed to support weight loss maintenance. With new and exciting flavors and a nutritional profile that is high in protein and fiber, they’re sure keep you satisfied and fueled throughout the day.

Furthermore, maintenance is easy with special guides, journals and other tools offered by your local Medifast California Center. All of our materials have been specially designed to help you not only learn how to lose weight, but more importantly, how to maintain your weight loss.

Research has found that weight loss maintenance isn’t just a matter of calorie restriction or dietary changes; thinking positively also plays a significant role. According to an article published in the Obesity Reviews Journal, “Weight maintenance is further associated with an internal motivation to lose weight, social support, better coping strategies and ability to handle life stress, self-efficacy, autonomy, assuming responsibility in life, and overall more psychological strength and stability.” (Elfhag and Rossner, 2005). Therefore, by making daily efforts to better handle stress and manage your responsibilities, your mental strength and stability can also be improved.

Focusing on staying optimistic is an important part of your weight loss and weight maintenance journey. When thinking about how to maintain your weight, plan for specific rewards for your progress. Find rewards that will help you find joy in your personal weight loss journey and improve your confidence. Instead of only focusing on the outcome of your diet or exercise routine, shift your focus to developing healthy habits and making positive lifestyle changes.

Planning specific strategies is crucial to maintaining your goal weight. Taking time each day or each week to plan your meals and snacks helps to ensure that you eat the correct number of calories and nutrients each day and not give in to sudden hunger or cravings.

It’s also important to realize that maintaining weight loss is a marathon; not a sprint. There may be times that you have a setback, especially during holidays, vacations and special occasions. The trick is to get back on track quickly and learn from these opportunities. No one eats perfectly 100% of the time. Staying active in the Medifast community will be crucial in these situations. Our weight loss counselors know how to maintain weight loss and keep you motivated to stay on plan. No one does it alone, and having this extra support in your first year after weight loss can mean the difference between weight loss maintenance and regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose.

As always, drinking water and exercising daily are also essential to maintaining your weight and living a healthy lifestyle.

When you get discouraged, remember that if our other clients have been successfully losing and maintaining their weight loss, you can, too! Medifast CA knows how to maintain weight loss and has helped numerous people like you meet their goal weight. In fact, some of our clients have lost over 100 pounds.

Contact Medifast CA today to learn about a weight loss program that works for you. Don’t let the challenges stop you from reclaiming your health!

About the Author:

Medifast California
The team at Medifast California
The team at Medifast California is committed to practicing what they preach. Experts in nutrition, health, counseling and exercise, they have the experience and tools to offer the support you need when you need it!

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