Despite the odds, you managed to reach your goal weight—something many of those who set out to lose their spare tire cannot claim. Take a second to relish your success.
Once you’ve finished your mental victory dance, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to maintain the new, fitter you for the long haul. We’ll be honest, it’s not going to be a walk in the park. (But yes, taking walks in the park can help!) Only an estimated 20 percent of dieters reach their goal weight and maintain it, according to nutrition and weight management experts. But it’s not by any means an impossible feat.
To help you become a member of the elite crew of long-term losers, we scoured medical journals and spoke with top weight loss experts to pull together a list of easy ways to keep away the pounds. Pick a few of the tips that you think you’ll be able to follow and vow to stick to them for life. It’s a big commitment, we know. But one that we’re sure you’ll be glad you made when you never have to go through the weight loss process again.