Weight Loss Maintenance

Friday, October 21, 2011

The same tactics that help you lose weight wont necessarily help you keep it off. Dr. Edward Hill discusses weight loss maintenance in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Weight loss maintenance is considered successful if you lose at least 10 percent of your body weight and keep that weight off for at least one year.

It is not easy to maintain weight loss. Overall, different skill sets and behaviors are involved with weight loss and weight maintenance. You can help yourself lose weight and keep it off by:

Limiting the amount of food you eat each day

Keeping track of calories and fat grams

Restricting foods that are high in fat and sugar

Planning your meals ahead of time

Eating breakfast every day

Getting adequate sleep, up to 8 hours

Drinking 16 ounces of water before meals

Eating the same on weekdays and weekends

Keeping your healthy eating habits during vacations and special occasions

Adding more activity to your daily tasks

Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day

Weighing yourself at least once per week, and

Watching less than 10 hours of television per week

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.