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How to Avoid Gaining Weight after Reaching Your Goals

You dust off your old skinny jeans and stand in front of the mirror, ready to slip it on because the moment of truth has arrived – you are no longer overweight. Getting rid of the extra weight is long, tedious and very hard journey that all measures down to that final moment when you button up your skinny jeans and they don’t pop open again. Yes, that’s what salvation tastes like.

Once you do get rid of the weight, it can be very easy to put the pounds back on, and avoiding the gain after you have gone through a significant amount of weight loss is tougher than it sounds. This is precisely why you need to know the following tips on how you can avoid piling up on the pounds all over again:

Pick Consistencies

Whatever triggered your weight loss the most, whether it was dieting, exercise, counting calories or weights, don’t throw away your routine

after reaching ‘the’ number on the scale. Turn your weight loss triggers into a healthy habit and maintain whatever worked for you, because if you stick to a regime, your metabolism will have more time to adjust to your new bodyweight. 

Never Revert

Think about the eating habits that got you to gain so many pounds in the first place, and stick to healthy eating. After reaching the weight loss goal that you set, a cheeseburger with a heavy load of fries every other day may seem like a good idea, but it isn’t. You do deserve a huge pat on your back for managing the weight loss, but the pat shouldn’t be smothered in butter. Control your urges and stick to nutrition over gluttony, since there has to be a good reason behind making it a deadly sin.


Exercise is not something to take up when you decide you are not healthy enough, it is an entire healthy living lifestyle that you have to adapt to in order to remain fit for a long time. The reason that you were overweight was the fact that you did not live in a healthy way, but now that you have managed to learn the art, don’t stop pursuing it. Regular exercise is also very effecting in keeping the fat accumulation process regulated so that you don’t gain weight again anytime soon.

Keep Your Scale Reading in Check

If you happen to gain a few pounds over a month, you may not even notice them without keeping track. The problem will come crushing down on you when your shirt buttons start to pop open around the belly area. Check your scale reading every week for any minor changes and when you find your reading going a few points up, reevaluate your habits.

Continue to Set Greater Goals

Even if you have lost the monumental 70 pounds that you never though you would, stay on the path to optimum health and set better and newer goals for yourself to achieve. Short-term fitness goals can work wonders for your health and you will find yourself adapting comfortably into the newfound fitness lifestyle.

Dr. Gershon Steven Gershon, M.D., is the medical director at Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with specialties in pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, he provides compassionate care that incorporates traditional, alternative, and holistic therapies for the best patient outcomes.

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