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So, You’ve Lost The Weight – Now What? (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 2:12 am

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It can be incredibly hard to maintain weight loss. Most ‘dieters’ end up gaining the weight they lose back in a year or two, but it is most certainly possible to maintain weight loss if you take the right measures. There are many things you can do to take to ensure healthy living for life. We took a look at a few good tips for maintaining weight loss in our last post, and now for a few more:

Stress is Setting Me Back

Stress has been directly linked to weight gain and obesity, in more ways than one. If your body is in a perpetual state of stress, your cortisol and adrenaline levels are constantly surging out of whack. Elevated cortisol levels raise the insulin in the body, causing blood sugar to drop which makes you crave fatty, sugary foods. Another way stress can pile the pounds back on specifically relates to those who are emotional eaters. If you find yourself backsliding and eating a row of Oreos every time you are stressed about work or a family conflict arises, stress can certainly be your enemy when it comes to maintaining weight loss. If this is the case, it may be helpful to talk to a psychologist about how to help curb that habit.

My Skin Has Lost Some of Its Elasticity – What Can I Do?

This is a common and often distressing issue that occurs when a person loses a significant amount of weight (such as after pregnancy or undergoing gastric bypass surgery). While surgery is one of the best way to get rid of loose skin, there are measures you can take to minimize stretchmarks and tighten the skin, as well as preventative measures that may be taken. Some helpful tips include:

  1. Pace yourself – losing weight too quickly will often lead to more excess skin. The aim is to lose weight while building muscle, slow and steady (try for 1-2 pounds a week).
  2. Moisturize (with the right stuff) – there are many types of moisturizer on the market today that contain ingredients that claim to help tighten skin. You can also use a combination of extra virgin olive oil and rosemary oil to help moisturize and replenish the stretched, sagging skin.
  3. Mix cardio with strength training – Cardiovascular exercise is really what will help burn fat (sometimes sagging skin is also made of fat deposits that haven’t burned off yet). Strength training exercises will also help to build muscle under the skin which can help tighten it again.
  4. Guzzle water like fuel – If your skin is dehydrated it will be dryer, and overall less healthy and less able to bounce back to a more firm and natural elasticity after losing weight. Try to drink plenty of water to help hydrate your skin.

I Need Support!

One of the greatest things about a weight loss (and maintenance) journey is the vast wealth of support and encouragement that exists in our modern world. If you try to do it alone, things will be much more difficult, so be sure to reach out when you need it. If you are having trouble with the fitness side of things, reach out to a buddy who will workout with you and keep you motivated, or hire a personal trainer to keep you on track. Finding it hard to keep eating well? You can check in with a dietitian, or get help from one of the many healthy eating Apps out there. Having trouble with self esteem? There is no shame in seeking advice from a therapist who will help you get to the root of your self esteem issues and work to fix them. There are also numerous weight loss communities out there via apps, the internet or weekly in-person meetings that may also help keep you motivated as well.

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