There are hundreds of different meal plans and diets that people follow to lose weight. However, sometimes the more difficult part is keeping the weight off or maintaining a healthy weight. According to the registered participants with the National Weight Control Registry, a data collection project that focuses on how individuals maintain their weight loss efforts, the most common methods reported for maintaining weight loss include:
• 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
• 78% eat breakfast every day.
• 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
• 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.
I agree that all of these methods can help individuals stay on track with maintaining their weight loss goals. I am especially delighted to see that almost all participants value daily exercise as a means for leading a healthier life. As we age, and generally become less active, our metabolisms slow down each year. This is exactly why one may notice that they are gaining weight despite not changing their eating habits. Sound familiar? Participating in daily physical activity, especially strength-training exercises can help preserve one’s metabolism as they age. The benefits of exercise also go far beyond the simple means of burning calories such as relieving stress, reducing blood pressure, improving sleep habits and reducing cholesterol levels.
Personally, I do not weigh myself; however, I do pay close attention to how my clothes are fitting. Always use both tools together, especially if you are working out a lot.Sometimes, with heavy exercise, the number on the scale may not be dropping, but you could be decreasing your body fat % and therefore, losing inches!