Let’s start by saying congratulations! If you’re reading this and have met your weight loss goal, you’ve got a lot to feel good about. Whether you lost 15 pounds or 50, reaching your goal is an incredible accomplishment — one that we hope you’re celebrating. But meeting this major milestone also begs the question, “What’s next?” It’s important to remember that the weight loss maintenance period is just as important as the weight-loss period. Developing proper eating habits and staying physically active as you did during the weight loss period can have long-term effects on your overall health.
At Jenny Craig, a weight loss success story means you are able to continue your healthy journey and lifestyle changes. That’s why our consultants help each of our members create a long-term weight loss maintenance plan. These helpful tips below will give you valuable pointers on how to maintain your weight long after your Jenny Craig program is complete.
What Is Weight Loss Maintenance?
When you transition from weight loss to maintenance, your caloric intake will be adjusted only slightly, that way you won’t reverse all the hard work you just put in (by adding too many calories). Now that you’ve reached your desired weight, the goal moving forward shifts to maintaining your current weight. The Jenny Craig maintenance program is designed to support you at your goal weight. After the high-fives and hugs, your consultant will help you calculate a slight increase in your daily caloric intake — this will ensure that you’re able to maintain your goal weight. Typically, you’ll ease into this phase gradually, over a four-week period; this will prevent you from gaining weight, and also allow you to acclimate to eating a little more food without straying off track.
How to Maintain Weight After Weight Loss - Food Choices
Our nutritionally balanced, portion-controlled meals helped you to get where you are today — so you won’t abandon this strategy just yet. Part of our maintenance approach is to gradually decrease the number of times per day you eat Jenny Craig meals and snacks. This will allow you to ease into the habit of cooking healthy, balanced meals for yourself. Even after your transition month is up, we still recommend continuing to eat one Jenny Craig meal and snack per day. This will make sure you have one “no brainer” meal requiring no real cooking or calculating, and also give you a visual reminder about healthy portions which helps your weight control. When it comes to cooking for yourself, remember the types of meals and the portion sizes you had when eating the Jenny Craig meals. For long-term success, steer clear of your old eating habits. In order to maintain your goal weight, start preparing your own healthy dishes at home and apply the habits for eating out you learned while on Jenny Craig. Make sure to choose food that supports your body, gives you energy, and will help you with your weight management goals.
Weight Loss & Maintenance – Physical Activity
Hopefully, throughout your weight loss journey, you worked your way up to 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week. Regular physical activity is an important part of maintaining your weight, so your consultant may chat with you about how you might add a bit of time or intensity to your workout regimen. Increased activity will help your weight hold steady at your new calorie level.
One of the best ways to stay motivated for your daily workouts is to join a fun workout class or community. Whether it’s yoga, spin, or a daily neighborhood walk, finding the perfect workout routine that matches your lifestyle is an excellent way to stay committed to your long-term weight loss maintenance. This also a great way to find a fitness buddy who can help you stay motivated and on track.
Transition From Weight Loss To Maintenance
For the first month after you reach your goal, you’ll continue to meet with your consultant once a week. Once you’re successful in maintaining your weight, you may graduate to once-a-month meetings. If you need more support you can continue to meet with your consultant as often as you need. We recommend that you continue to weigh yourself daily, so that you’ll know right away if you’re veering off course.
Long-Term Weight Loss Maintenance - You Can Do It!
First of all, it’s important to remember that you lost the weight and you can keep it off! Our weight loss program is designed to simplify the weight loss journey while teaching you the healthy habits, portion control, and nutrition basics you need to transition fully into weight loss maintenance. But our program is also designed to account for… well… being human! So if you slip up and regain a few pounds, or stray away from your healthy diet, we’re here to help you get back on track.
Weight gain and fluctuations are all part of the process. Remember, we’re in this together — now, and for as long as you need us. Jenny Craig can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes you need to sustain a healthier you.
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