What is your ideal body weight? Is it the lowest possible number on the bathroom scales? Is it the equivalent of fitting into size 0 jeans? Is it looking like Mr. Universe? The answer is not necessarily. Your ideal weight is a range calculated from the Body Mass Index Calculator, which takes into account height and gender as factors determining your healthy weight range.
Your ideal weight will minimize your chances of heart disease, stroke, some forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. The less pounds you are lugging around, the less of a burden you are placing on the joints in your lower spine, hips, and knees. Your ideal body weight range will be where you feel comfortable and healthy in yourself.
Once you have reached the magic dress or jeans size, the trick is then to maintain it. Going back to your former eating habits and abandoning your workout routine entirely will have the pounds creeping back on. Before you know it you will be back in your fat clothes. How to keep the pounds from piling back on?
* Regular exercise is one of the best possible ways to keep a check on your weight. Working out not only burns energy, and tones muscle, but will also speed up your resting metabolism. This means that your body will be running more efficiently and burning more calories at rest for longer. While you may no longer have to work out as often as when you had to exercise to lose belly fat, you will still have to workout or perform some sort of physical activity, at least 3-4 times weekly. Selecting activities that you enjoy is a great way of ensuring that you keep it up.
* Eat balanced meals. Rigidly starving yourself is not achievable long term. Strive for healthy well balanced meals that are both tasty and nutritious. Keep the meals and snacks that you enjoyed from your diet. Slowly bring back other foods that you may enjoy that are not so healthy.
Keep the unhealthy snacks and meals to a minimum on perhaps a once a week level. Total deprivation will only result in frustration, boredom and binges. However, eating the pizza, deep fried chicken, or sweeties on a daily basis may have you quickly back where you started from. Some people find that once they have banished the unhealthy foods from their lifestyle that they really don’t miss them or crave them. If this is you, then leave well alone.
* Plan ahead for both physical activity and meals. Packing healthy snacks and salads for meals throughout the day can ensure that you are not left starving with only take away to solve your problem. If your days are hectic, try for an early morning walk or workout before the rest of the day interferes. If your diary is telling you that there is some serious calorie intake coming up, try to be a little more careful with what your are eating, and perhaps squeeze in a little more exercise, both before and after, to compensate.
Maintaining your ideal body weight is all about planning ahead and permanent lifestyle changes. Incorporating pleasurable physical activities as well as healthy and sensible eating will be much easier to maintain long term then 5 hours daily in the gym and living on raw salad.