1. Successful losers seek help.
Being overweight or obese is not a character flaw. These are metabolic medical diagnoses and thus often require medical attention. Without addressing the undering derangement, it is often very difficult or even improssible for the patient to maintain their weight loss. Many times there could be multiple issues at play including hormonal, thyroid and gut health - all of which are very important in weight maintenance.
As importantly, don't be afraid to use medications when appropriate. Again this is a medical condition. We don't hesitate to address our high blood pressure or diabetes with medication, why would we ignore our weight? Besides, treating obesity may even resolve many other issues such as that high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, low sex drive, depression, and more.
2. Successful losers ditch the sugar!
Sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup and other refined sugars, are the enemy of maintaining a healthy weight. This is because the liver hates sugar and the liver is vital in a healthy metabolism. In fact "non alcoholic" fatty liver disease is often a manifestation of eating too much sugar in the diet and affects approximately 30% of the population worldwide. You will not be able to maintain your weight loss without a healthy liver! Ditch the sugar!
3. Successful losers eat their protein.
Many people are not getting the protein they need to succeed in healthy weight loss and maintenance. Protein is mandatory as it provides you with essential amino acids. They are called essential because they ARE essential! Your body needs these on a cellular level for daily function and if you aren't getting them through diet then the body will go seek them out - meaning it will break down muscle. We do NOT want this to happen as this ultimately slows down the metabolism.
4. Successful losers know that weight is the product of the sum of your choices.
We all know ultimately diets don't work and that's because they are temporary. To make a permanent change in your weight, you must make a permanent change in your eating life. It's not as hard as it sounds. You can have a slice of pizza. Just don't eat the whole pizza. And don't eat that pizza 3 times a week! I call it the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time, eat clean, healthy food. 20% of the time, eat whatever you want but don't eat to excess. Eat only what you need to be satisfied. Consistency is key. Don't give up because you had a bad meal or bad day so you decide to throw your hands up "oh well!" Not oh well! You deserve to keep this weight off! Get back to healthy eating ASAP and if you're struggling see #1.
If you are honest with yourself, follow these 3 rules, you WILL be successful in forever weight loss!