How to maintain, not regain? You’re in your final week of the Thermojetics Success Program-congratulations! If you’re happy with the weight you’ve reached, now’s the time to begin a maintenance program that will allow you to continue to enjoy all the health benefits you’ve experienced in your program, plus a more lenient food plan without gaining back an inch. (If you still want to lose more weight, simply extend your Thermojetics weight-management program until you achieve your desired goal.)
Ease into Maintenance
How you make the transition to maintenance is important. Everybody is different, so you’ll have to go cautiously in the beginning to get a feel for the types and quantities of foods you can now eat without regaining your lost pounds. After a few weeks on maintenance, you’ll get a feel for the eating plan that works for you. Ideally, it should be one that allows you to enjoy the foods you like best-even some of those foods considered “diet-unfriendly”-in quantities that don’t undermine your weight loss. By all means, have a taste of your husband’s pasta, but be satisfied with a bite or two. Remember, your eating plan should be flexible enough that you don’t feel deprived, and it should continue to supply your body with the healthy foods and nutrients it needs to function at its best.
The “Gold”-en Rules for keeping your pounds off
If you’ve achieved weight-loss success with the Thermojetics Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb Program, it’s particularly important to keep a close eye on carbohydrates as you shift into a maintenance program. Using our Gold Weekly Meal Planner as a guideline, begin to add in a few extra healthy carbohydrates each day. Watch the scale every three days or so and monitor your progress. You’ll quickly see whether you’ve over-indulged on portion size or whether you can afford to lighten up on the restrictions you’ve set yourself. Here are some guidelines for how to begin maintenance:
Allow yourself one piece of fruit per day, such as a peach, plum, grapes, strawberries or an apple.
Every other day, give yourself permission to enjoy one dish that includes complex carbohydrates, such as a sandwich made with whole-grain bread, a serving of brown rice, a baked potato or a bowl of popcorn.
For general health and weight maintenance (on either program), continue to restrict foods made with processed sugars and white flour such as candy, pastries, and white bread.
Enjoy the healthy Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb Snacks, and foods daily.
The “Green” light for healthy maintenance
If you’ve achieved weight-loss success with the Thermojetics Green Weight-Management Program, keep a close eye on your calorie intake as you shift into your maintenance program. As a guideline, a successful maintenance program usually means allowing your calorie intake to increase by no more than about 200 to 300 extra calories per day. Continue to use the Green Weekly Meal Planner as your guideline. You can choose to replace one of your two daily shakes with a second healthy meal, somewhat smaller than you have been eating for dinner. Or, you can continue indefinitely with two shakes per day and enjoy the freedom of a hearty evening meal. Here are some other suggestions:
Have fun incorporating a wider variety of fresh fruit treats into your daily programs, such as mangos, kiwis, and papayas.
Make the focus of one of your main meals a delicious salad filled with a variety of crunchy vegetables, such as raw cauliflower, carrots, radishes, red peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli. Top with slices of roast chicken or shrimp, then dress with your favorite low-calorie topping.
Enjoy one to two of the healthy Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb snacks a day!
General Maintenance Tips for either program
Keep moving: One of the best ways to maintain your weight is to exercise regularly. Whether that means walking, running, cycling, weight-training, taking an aerobics class, or doing a work-out video at home, regular physical activity will help you maintain a healthy metabolic rate to avoid gaining back your hard-won pounds and inches. As we talked about in the Week Three show, focus on adding in activity wherever you can-play music while you a clean house; turn off the television and walk the dog; park your car as far from the store as you can and walk. You get the idea!
Keep your herbal and nutrition edge: Continue to take your Thermojetics Gold or Thermojetics Green and Beige tablets, plus your other Herbalife nutritional supplements to keep your energy levels high and your appetite under control. Nutrition is the long-term key to achieving life-long health, vitality, and weight control. Our Optimum Cellular Nutrition products form a strong foundation for your health. Choose the Lifestyle Programs from our product brochure that fit you, such as Women’s Health, Digestive Health, etc. and create a nutrition and herbal program that is specifically and scientifically tailored for your needs.
Keep celebrating: If you’re celebrating a birthday, a wedding or a holiday, by all means, enjoy a treat, such as a portion of cake or a piece of the pie. Simply make it the exception rather than the rule and get back on track with your maintenance program when the celebration ends.
Keep in control: If you discover you’ve gained a few pounds that cannot be accounted for by normal fluctuations in your weight, don’t panic. Go back to your weight-management program for a few days until your weight evens out again. Remember, you’re in control. You’ve worked hard to lose those extra pounds and you have the power to do so again any time you choose.
Keep snacking: The Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb products make an excellent choice for snacks on your maintenance program and can help keep your weight steady. If you have a craving for a candy bar, bite into a sweet and chewy Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb Bar. Does something salty and crunchy sound good? Rip open a bag of Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb Roasted Soy Nuts with Cardia Salt. How about a frosty dessert that cools your craving for ice cream? Dip into our gourmet-style Thermojetics High-Protein, Low-Carb Frozen Dessert Treat. Many successful weight losers will confirm that small frequent meals were the key to success. Science has also shown that this way of eating leads to easier control of calorie intake.
Keep sharing: Although maintaining is easier than losing until your body gets used to your new weight, you need to stay vigilant. Talk to your Herbalife sponsor if you need extra support. Hopefully, you have found someone else during these eight weeks to “buddy” up with on your way to a new you! Keep that connection-walk together and talk every day. We can all be a support for another person and often that process will give us the support we need as well!