It is not easy to lose weight for a short term let alone have long term weight loss. It is also not easy to break some of those bad habits that have gotten so well established. I have absolutely no doubt that if you acquire the following 7 habits you can have long term weight loss especially since you have worked so hard at losing the weight to begin with.
Learn to eat veggies. Basically eating vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains will help you reduce calories and bad fat in your diet. You should attempt to have at least two-thirds of your plate made up of these types of foods. This will help you to keep that weight off for the long term. Learn to snack on the right foods. When you feel the urge to snack, and we all do, grab the low calorie foods. Of course if you do not have low calorie food on hand you will eat the wrong stuff. It will behoove you to get rid of the high calorie snacks in your pantry and fill it up with good for you snacks. Remember that just because some snack say they are good for you does not make it so. If you want to keep your weight off for the long term make sure you read the ingredients. Learn to use a smaller plate. It appears that the bigger the plate the more food you can and will put on it. I don't know about you but I was always taught to clean my plate which doesn't help when you fill it up. Bottom line is that long term weight loss is a little bit easier if you fill up a smaller plate. Learn to slow down. It actually takes a while for your brain to get the news that you have eaten. The slower you eat the less you will eat because you are more likely to begin to feel full before you add more to that smaller plate. I have always tended to be a fast eater and found that when I was done I began to feel over stuffed when me brain caught up with my eating. Learn to choose the right drinks. Drink un-sweetened tea or diet sodas. If you can't stomach those drinks then try water with lemon it is better for you anyway and you should be drinking lots of water to help flush your body. Drinking lots of water does not add weight but will help you to have long term weight loss. Learn to not skip meals. Far too many people think that if they just skip a meal here and they will lose weight. Sorry, it does not work that way and in fact will hinder your long term weight loss. You need to eat at least three squares a day and it is even better to eat six or so time a day. You just need to limit your intake at each time and having a healthy snack in between each meal will help you from overeating from hunger. Finally, learn to do physical activity. Burning to calories we take in is extremely important. If we take in more calories than we burn off we will not be able to maintain a long term weight loss. Some very active people can eat thousands of calories and never put on any weight because they burn it off as fast as they put it on. Unfortunately most of us put on more than we burn. We need to learn to add at least 30 minutes of physical exercise every day and better yet to supplement that with 60 minutes of moderate to rigorous exercise 3 to 4 times a week to lose weight and keep it off for the long term. These 7 habits for the log term weight loss are great habits to put into place. However, you do need to get that initial weight off them old bones first. There are 100's of diet programs available so it is hard to figure out which one is right for you and will work. You can check out Weight Loss Review where five of the best have been reviews and rated in order to help you decide which one is best.