It’s definitely not breaking news that losing weight is half the battle of building a new you.

More than a few dieters would contend that the real issue is keeping it off.

There’s more than one right way to achieve this goal. Just make certain you do your research to improve your odds of making an effective choice.

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Regardless of which plan you choose, it will rarely provide long-term success unless you form new, healthy habits to achieve lifelong results.

It’s common to slowly regain weight as old habits return and life challenges arise.

But you definitely don’t want to fall into a cycle of yo-yo dieting. That’s just demoralizing. It’s better to make lifestyle changes and focus your energy on enjoying life.

Here are three simple tips to follow for long-lasting results following a weight loss program:

1. Maintain motivation

Diet programs often make you sacrifice the foods you love and/or restrict your diet so drastically that the changes are not sustainable.

When the program ends, its common to feel deprived, exhausted and a lack of motivation to keep going, especially if you haven’t learned new healthy habits.

It starts with a positive mindset.

Go easier on yourself, stay focused on your end goal and make small changes that will gradually help you achieve that larger goal.

Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come, but also realize that weight loss and maintenance is lifelong.

2. Create a plan to prepare for life’s challenges

A common reason for getting off-track is being faced with a stressful life event that forces a change in routine, emotional issues, lack of motivation, or less time.

It’s inevitable to experience periods of struggle, but it doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with halting your progress.

Shift your mindset. Compartmentalize and remember you have control over your food choices and how you spend your free time. You can make your healthy habits fit into your new parameters.

Maybe you’ll need to change your workouts and go-to meals, but having this control and flexibility along with making healthy choices is empowering.

To ensure you’re prepared to stay on track, try to identify potential setbacks that could hinder your progress, such as:

  • not having enough time,
  • a tighter budget,
  • being tired at the end of a busy day, and/or
  • being pulled in every direction other than living healthy.

Possible solutions to help you continue to make healthy choices if you’re faced with these setbacks include:

This way, if you actually experience a bump in the road, you wont let it stop you.

3. Keep sustainable habits and drop those that aren’t

Clearly, the best plan for you is the one that becomes routine. Even if you had success with a program, it might not be a good fit for you to continue long term.

Don’t take a momentary lapse in a schedule that’s been working and turn it into a tumble back into the old ways.

To ensure you keep forward momentum, take these factors into account:

  • identify what you liked and didn’t like about your program, and
  • review how various components worked, and
  • determine why you feel they were sustainable.

It’s perfectly fine to choose elements you want to keep and then mix-and-match your favorites from different programs, as long as they keep you on point.

Again, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all program out there that works for everyone.

Remember, improving your health and wellness and achieving weight loss is not a race.

Maybe you’ll use popular programs as a launching point rather than an end point. Then, you’ll remain aware of pitfalls and form new habits that set you on a path toward achieving your goals and making it a lifestyle.

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