Healthy Living

Understanding Weight Maintenance And The Ways To Achieve Healthy Weight

We all know that one friend or relative who abstains from eating the slightest trace of junk food and swears by their cheat days. This individual commitment  translates into weight maintenance over a period of time. Despite unforeseeable minor fluctuations in weight, either an increase or decrease, there must be an inherent mechanism to bring the body back to its ideal weight. 

Our bodies are constantly changing due to various alterations in our digestive processes and hormone levels. A healthy state of weight maintenance should be able to make room for small changes here and there but not with extreme changes since that would need more of an effort such as introspection or consulting a dietician. Most importantly, we need to be happy about our weight and remain in that space. Perhaps, that could be referred to as maintenance.  

Defining the Phase of Weight Maintenance

The definition of healthy body weight has to be looked at from five intersecting viewpoints. These are: body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), metabolism, lead body mass and weight history. The range is determined by age and gender, however, there is no accurate body composition a person can be at. 

According to Erica Carneglia, a registered dietician, the whole system of BMI measurement is skewed. If you are within the normal range of BMI, it does necessarily indicate that you are in the pink of health. Likewise, anyone whose BMI falls between 24.9 and 29.9 falls in the overweight category, but again, it does not mean you have serious health issues.

It also depends on your weight history. For instance, a person who is voluptuous need not be considered fat. The same goes for the person who has speedy metabolism and never puts on weight. The perception of a healthy body weight and its maintenance is different for every person. 

So, here are a few individual factors that you might need to keep in mind while maintaining consistent body weight. 

Weight Maintaining the weight after achieving weight loss goals is important by keeping up an equal motivation and focus. Pixabay

Stress Management

We cannot do without stress in our lives. However, if it exceeds the threshold amount and too much cortisol is generated, the hunger hormones go on overdrive and it leads to binge-eating. Stress management is very crucial to be able to make the right food choices and not indulge beyond a point. Exercising, medication and therapy are the many routes that can be taken to decreasing stress levels and being healthy. 

Form Good Habits and Keep Yourself Motivated

Once people attain their weight loss goals, they tend to slack off and become lax about maintaining it. Losing focus and going back to old habits could reverse some of the bad habits that they had to let go with great pains. It is therefore important to not lose sight of long-term goals and constantly keep yourself motivated. 

Do not stop gyming suddenly or stop eating fruits and vegetables. Stick to the healthy schedule that you have worked hard to establish and do not diverge. 

Understand Your Approach to Food

Our moods and emotions are tied to the food we consume. Sometimes, people may want to celebrate and eat tons of cake. Otherwise, they might want to drink alcohol if they are in the doldrums. It is important to figure out exactly how your mood affects food cravings and approach your diet based on that, either by exercising restraint at a certain moment or avoiding certain foods completely.