You’ve lost the weight—now what?
I begged him not to leave me. Right now, he needed me more than ever. But I’d been through this before, and I knew he’d be back. And I would be waiting for him….
His name was Frank. He’d been my patient for nearly a year, and with plenty of guidance on my part and a lot of hard work on his part, he was 60 pounds lighter. But the day he hit his goal weight, he decided we was through. In his mind, his weight loss task was accomplished—like something he could check off his ‘to do’ list—which meant he could push all thoughts of dieting aside and move on. As we said our farewells, I left him with only this: “There’s a reason they call it weight management, Frank.”
What I was trying to say to Frank is that once you’ve reached your weight goal, there’s still plenty of work to do. Only about 1 in 6 people say they’ve held onto even small weight losses for as little as a year—which says that maintaining weight loss is a huge challenge for a lot of people.
If you don’t want that lost weight to come back and find you, you can’t just stop what you were doing. When it comes right down to it, what you do in order to lose weight and what you need to do to keep it off are pretty much one and the same. So, here are some tips for managing your weight successfully.