7 Tips For Helping Women Maintain A Healthy Weight

When I got pregnant with my second son I still hadn't lost weight from the first and since I came from a long line of overweight people I was terrified that I was quickly going to become one of them. At the time I was dealing with postpartum depression and the ability to lose weight played a huge role in finding myself again. Once I actually learned how to eat well and exercise regularly so the weight would stay off, it was really easy to do so after my third son was born. As of today I've maintained a size four for nearly five years (I was formerly a 10/12) . So from one woman to another, I thought I'd share my best tips for how I maintain my weight.

1. Diet Vs Lifestyle: The most important thing you need to know is also the toughest to adopt. You can workout until you're blue in the face and run a thousand miles a week, but none of it will matter if you aren't eating well. We're not talking about just losing weight, we're talking about maintaining a healthy weight. That can't happen with a diet only a lifestyle change. It isn't going to be easy, but I promise you it will be worth it.

2. Food, Food, Food: My best advice is to meet with a nutritionist or a doctor. If you can't do that, my second best advice is to think back to a diet that worked really well for you in the past and use it as a guideline. For instance, when I do high protein diets (like Adkins) I can lose weight really fast. If I try counting calories or drinking a shake I don't see any results. So for my diet I try to maintain includes high protein, low sugar, lots of veggies. It's also important to know what snacks will fuel your body and help you stay on course. Lastly, as silly as it sounds, I eat the same thing over and over and over. Research shows people who maintain healthy weights found a handful of meals and snacks that fit their diet and they recycle them repeatedly.

3. Set Yourself Up For Success: It's easy to talk about high protein, low sugar but it's tougher in practice. If you're a fan of The Chic Site, you know I LOVE to eat. So I treat dips, cookies, cakes, etc as splurges and I enjoy them when I can. The rest of the time, I don't even let myself see it. I fill our fridge with healthy options which includes a lot of snacks and on-the-go meals. If you know cookies are your weakness, don't even bring them in the house because, like me, you will eat them.

4. Get a Move On: Once you've narrowed down your diet you have to figure out your exercise plan. For me, the greatest change in my body (and my mind for that matter) happened when I started running. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be training for a marathon I would have laughed in your face. But it turns out, running is an incredible exercise for me and I love the goal setting aspect and the time alone to zone out with my thoughts. The key though is that it's a great exercise for me, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Maybe you're into yoga or you like kickboxing or swimming or cross fit. Whatever it is just figure out an activity you like to do and then do it... at least twice a week.

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