The Ideal Protein protocol is set up to help you both lose weight and learn the skills you’ll need to maintain your weight loss. Phase 1 is mostly about changing your eating habits and helping your body burn fat. Later, you’ll move into maintenance and expand your strategies for living a healthier lifestyle—which has challenges all its own.
If you’ve ever lost weight in the past, you have probably experienced the rewards that come along with it: The thrill of getting back into your favorite jeans, that feeling of renewed confidence, the fun of receiving a flood of compliments everywhere you go…it felt great, right?
Then you had a setback. And before you knew it, those pounds you had lost were starting to creep back. And that’s ok! The body is designed to gain weight so following weight loss, the body fights to regain lost weight by increasing hunger and burning fewer calories. This is completely normal and all is certainly not lost.
Many people can lose weight, but living a healthier lifestyle thereafter isn’t always easy. The good news? It’s very doable. People who successfully maintain their weight loss for a year or more know that it takes real work and commitment to staying healthy. It requires big-picture focus and a long-term plan. During phase 1 as you’re losing weight, take time to think about (and discuss with your coach) the strategies you’ll use to maintain that weight loss once you reach your goal. Many of those strategies are skills you’ll practice as you lose weight.
Here are some practices to help you successfully keep living a healthier life after losing the weight (most of them can be useful during phase 1, too).
Don’t let a “slip” become a complete freefall. None of us are perfect. To successfully maintain your hard won weight loss, acknowledge the slip-up and then get back on track. After all, you wouldn’t throw out an entire carton of eggs just because you dropped one egg on the floor! If you’re noticing that you’re regaining some weight, don’t fret, just reset! Ask your Coach about a Tune Up to help get you back on track.
Pay attention to what you eat. Just as importantly, keep tabs on how much you’re eating. What worked when you started your weight loss journey will certainly work for you now. You may want to continue to keep a food journal for a while to help you do this.
Have a solid support system. Knowing you have meaningful support can be a powerful motivator. So surround yourself with a solid, ongoing support system, people you can count on anytime your motivation fades away. Remember, you can always check in with your Ideal Protein coach for a motivational boost!
Continue to make healthy choices but keep it interesting. Lean proteins and fresh vegetables are important. But don’t fall into the trap of always eating the same things, because then your meals will start to bore you. And boredom can lead to loss of control and/or making poor food choices. Adding a variety of foods to your meals can make mealtimes something to look forward to. And don’t forget once you enter Phase 3 of the Protocol, you will have access to our meal replacement products, so you can make a healthy choice when you’re on the go.
Take every opportunity to move and be active. You don’t have to go to the gym to be physically active. Dancing, playing with your kids, walking the dog—any kind of activity that gets you up and moving counts. So keep moving!
Successfully losing weight can be a challenge. However, the rewards of a healthier life are well worth it. But keeping the weight off is just as important as losing it. By sticking to your healthy lifestyle, practicing the smarter eating habits you’re learning in phase 1 and making smart decisions, including using these secrets, you will be empowered and motivated to sustain the results you’ve achieved.