What benchmarks would you use if you were to lose all the weight you want to lose and would like to keep the lost weight off permanently? You might say, for instance, that you would watch to see if you gain any lost weight back? But is this the only benchmark that can act as your guide or are there others that you might want to include?
Let’s try some other benchmarks on for size. How about cravings as a barometer for how you’re doing with keeping your lost weight off? Are you having cravings that could send you back to your old pattern of weight-gaining eating? Or perhaps you’re not having any cravings or just a few here and there. You might certainly use cravings to appraise how you’re doing. What about emotional highs and lows? Do they endanger your weight loss maintenance? Your emotional state might also serve as a strong gauge. Then there are relationships. Do your relationships and how they’re going determine your food intake?
Get the idea? Now see what other benchmarks are especially relevant for you. And make a list of them. Planning ahead is always a good idea where weight loss is concerned. Writing down some benchmarks for how to monitor your weight loss success might even prove encouraging and help you get to where you’d like to go.