Be An Iron Woman
There is no better way to lose weight and keep it off than to gain–muscle that is. Weight training (and I am not talking about bicep curls with 3 lb weights) done regularly has so many benefits! Weight training has metabolism boosting powers. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn (both in and out of the gym). So make sure you add pumping some iron to your weight loss efforts so when the pounds come off, they can stay off. Watch this to see how Dolvett and I build muscle.
Weigh It Out
I know you threw your scale out years ago and you get on backwards at the doctors office, but another secret to keeping weight off is to weigh in regularly. Maintainers who weigh themselves daily or even every few days can cut back immediately when they eat too much and their weight starts to creep up. You didn’t lose weight overnight and you wont gain it back overnight, so keep things in check with consistent weigh-ins. However, don’t obsess about it. Our weight can fluctuate up to 8 lbs depending on what you ate/drank (or didn’t), time of day or even month (hello Aunt Flo). So weigh yourself at the same time, every time so you aren’t thrown off by this normal fluctuation.
Sleep On It
While both sexes are negatively affected by a lack of sleep, new research in the Sleep Journal shows that skimping on Z’s affects women differently. Men experience a rise in the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin, while women showed a decrease in glucagon-like peptide 1– the hormone that tells you when you are full. So lose weight and keep it off by aiming to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night and keep your body’s fullness sensors in check.