When you are attempting to keep the weight off once you’ve lost it, there are always challenges. You may think you need to keep a close watch on your eating, and that starting to overeat again is the best sign that you may be slipping back. But that’s not really true. There are danger signs that pop up way before you begin to overeat again.
There are many relevant things you did during the weight-loss stage. If you hadn’t done these things, you wouldn’t have been able to lose the weight. You almost surely instituted supports that helped you stick to dieting. Perhaps you kept away from high-risk eating situations; you found better ways to cope with your feelings; made sure you had time to yourself; limited how much you did for other people so you could save some strength; kept being tempted at arm’s length; asked for help instead of overdoing it; gave yourself appropriate rewards along the way. These kinds of things provided the right milieu for you to fully engage in a weight-loss plan, and make it work.
And when these things start reversing themselves, that’s when you need to wake up and pay attention. And these things start to falter usually before any overeating takes place.
If you let these non-food weight-related supports fall by the wayside, it will be inevitable that you’ll gain weight back. If you keep an eye on them, you’ll be able to stop trouble before it starts. You’ll be able to reinsert these things into your life, and stay committed to a new way of life at your new, lighter weight.