My Weight Maintenance Tips

Here are some tips I published on my blog on the occasion of my 5 year weight maintenance anniversary. I think they summarise how I have managed to lose and maintain my weight.

  • Exercise sensible portion control. I firmly believe this is one of the biggest contributors to our obesity epidemic – our meals are usually just too big!
  • Think about what you eat. I think my mind-set change has been to think about eating as “fuelling your body”, if you think about it this way it does make you think about what you put in your mouth. Cut out the crap!
  • Learn about how your body works and about good nutrition. There are so many good books out there, and so many web sites, and knowing about how your body works and what it needs to work properly for you, just helps so much.
  • Don’t deny yourself the things you love, everything is okay in moderation. I can’t do without my red wine and chocolate!
  • Exercise consistently. Successfully maintaining the required level of exercise is all about making it a habit. Once you get into the habit, you will start to crave it and find you can’t live without it.
  • Find some forms of exercise you enjoy. This sounds obvious, but if you can find something you love doing, obviously you are more likely to do it often.
  • Cross-train. Most forms of exercise will emphasise some part of your body or other, and if you just do that one type of exercise, that part of your body may tend to wear out. Find two or three different types of exercise you like and your body will thank you.
  • Log it. Keep track of how you’re doing in a training journal or spreadsheet. I have found this to be extremely helpful.
  • Set goals and tell everyone about them. Set yourself a few different goals and then make sure everyone knows about them. This will make you much more motivated to succeed.
  • Get good medical advice. If you get injured, or get any little niggles, go get some expert advice (this probably isn’t your local GP, unless they are a very good one). A sports doctor is a good idea as they will be very sympathetic and understanding of your deisre to stay active. I was really lucky to find Dr K., and a couple of very good physios, they got me through my knee issues.
  • Look after your body. Spend time to stretch, practice self-massage (I love my foam roller), apply ice if needed and also spend time strength training.
  • Go follow some blogs of some like-minded people. It is amazing how motivating and helpful, reading about and communicating with others who are on similar journeys can be. You’ll learn heaps from so many different people with different perspectives.

3 Responses to “My Weight Maintenance Tips”

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    These are awesome tips, Andrew! I think you’ve listed them all! 🙂

  2. Weekly Update, Treadmills v Rowing Machines Says:

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  3. Julie Says:

    I believe that the basic rules of keeping shape are the same for everyone. Though, everyone should adapt them for himself. For me fitness is the best way. When I stop going to the gym I immediately gain weight (unless I starve myself). For me all the diets are very depressive, I can not live without sweets and cookies, that’s why I choose fitness. Regular training is very rewarding: I’ve noticed my first results within 1 month, and it was an awesome stimulation for future trainings. When I feel tired I take Navy Seal Formula by Military Grade and it quickly restores my strength and enthusiasm. It also provides the necessary nutritional supply, which is vital when you are training intensively. Thus, nothing prevents me from eating occasional cookie or a bar of chocolate when I want it so much.

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