When you lose all the weight you want to lose, what’s next? Well, you have to maintain your weight loss.
During the weight loss phase, you most likely worked hard to replace your old weight-gaining eating with the new weight-losing form of eating. If you reached your goal weight, you must have successfully changed your eating habits? Or so you think.
During the time you were losing weight, you might have had help from a diet, which gave you a structured food plan for what to eat and how much to eat. You might also have been motivated by number of pounds lost. And then there was that goal weight you aspired to that you were bringing closer and closer to reality.
Weight loss maintenance gives you none of these aids. There is no weight loss diet to follow because you don’t want to lose any more weight. You’re freer as far as what foods and what amounts to eat. You’re no longer motivated by number of pounds lost. Your motivation changes from pounds lost to keeping your weight right where it is. There is no goal weight that you’re reaching for. The goal is to keep the status quo.
It's no wonder that weight loss maintenance is the challenge it is.