The success to staying slim is all about adjusting from a dieting pattern of eating and exercising to a weight maintenance pattern. The physical adjustment means restoring the balance between calories in and calories out, so that the new weight is maintained. Equally important is the psychological adjustment that is needed to ensure that the healthy habits learned during the diet weight loss phase can still be followed strictly afterwards, even without the regular motivational reward of seeing the pounds melting away.
The duration for the period of adjustment and how smoothly the diet weight loss will run will differ from person to person and will to some extent depend on how much weight was loss. Commercial diet weight loss plans, especially those offered by slimming clubs and those using meal replacements do provide maintenance programmes to ensure that there are proper adjustments of eating habits over a period of weeks. There are also some slimming clubs which offer free membership to people who have reach their targets as long as they stay within a few pounds of their goal weight.
For people who manage to loss weight through a very restrictive diet plan may have more difficulties than most in adjusting their eating habits back to normal life. It is human nature for people who have been eating in a restrictive manner to relax their eating and exercise habits once they have succeeded. If the weight does not come back on immediately, it can be very tempting to believe that it is gone for good. By the time the weight gain starts again, disillusionment can quickly set in which will most likely be followed by dismay at the thought of going back to the restrictive weight loss diet regime.
In order to loss weight for good successfully, it is important to recognize that staying slim involves a lifetime commitment. Instead of adopting the on and off attitude, the skills and healthy habits learned during the weight loss diet period should be incorporated into everyday life.