5 Habits for Lifelong Health

Whether you’ve just begun a weight loss plan, or you’ve moved on to the “weight maintenance” stage of your plan, you know one thing for sure: Weight, and health in general, are all about forming the right habits.

Avoid focusing on trends. While there’s probably nothing wrong with trying a new idea, especially if your doctor gives you the green light, keep in mind that weight loss trends come and go for a reason. The real key to maintaining a healthy weight is a balanced diet and regular exercise, and always will be. So, if you want to try a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar each day, or drink kombucha, or whatever the trend of the day happens to be, then go ahead. Just remember to view it as a fun supplement, and don’t count on trends to lead to lifelong health.

Weigh in regularly, but not daily. A weekly weigh-in is a good idea for weight maintenance. You’ll know pretty quickly if you’re beginning to gain back some of your lost weight. But at the same time, daily weigh-ins only add to anxiety, and can be unnecessarily discouraging since weight can fluctuate by a pound or two.

Surround yourself with the right people. Try to form relationships with people who have similar priorities regarding their health, so that you always have a workout partner or healthy restaurant buddy. Plus, being around happy people will rub off on you!

Minimize processed foods and sugars. If you’ve learned anything about weight loss, it’s that processed foods and sugars aren’t helpful or healthy. Continue to keep those foods at a minimum, not just for weight maintenance purposes but also for your health overall.

Learn to cook healthy foods that you love. For some reason, the “healthy” options at restaurants are often underwhelming. Experiment with healthy recipes, and learn to cook your favorite dishes at home. Simply learning to throw together complementary ingredients in a salad can mean a world of difference – to both your waistline and your taste buds!

Give us a call if you want to pursue a weight loss plan, or you’ve moved into the weight maintenance stage. Either way, we can help with more specific tips geared toward your goals.

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