Maintaining weight loss can be daunting; you've achieved your goal, so now what? It can be tempting to resort back to bad habits and at times, yes, your motivation will flag. Even the are against you; according to the Chicago University Hospitals, as many as 80 to 85 percent of people who lose weight end up regaining most of it. This is not to say that staying slim is impossible, it just takes awareness and dedication to stick to your goals.
Recognizing your own responsibility is a major part of keeping the weight from returning. This may seem like basic weight loss information, but it's no different than if you were trying to lose five pounds or 50, or maintain your new weight. You succeeded in taking the weight off, only you can make sure it stays that way.
Resist 'slipping;' losing the weight meant changing certain aspects of your lifestyle, whether it was to eat healthier or institute a daily workout program and there's no reason to let it slip once you've reached your target. Maintaining weight loss means staying vigilant against weight gain; continue to keep your food journal or measure your portion sizes. Always take it day by day, but remember that it is never the end of the world if you do slip up. Simply enjoy your decadent cake or weeklong binge and then say, 'back to work.'
Don't let your life overwhelm you and remain conscious of the 'triggers' that cause you to reach for the chocolate ice cream or give in to the urge to skip that morning run. Handling stress in a positive manner (through exercise, yoga, meditation, painting) diminishes your risk of failure.
Remind yourself daily of how far you're come. Tape a 'before' photo of yourself on the refrigerator door next to a 'now' photo; write down an inspiring phrase and stick it on the mirror where you'll see it every morning before beginning your day. And never forget; it's always easier to gain weight than it is to lose it.