This is perhaps not a surprise since there have been a number of factors that have affected my day to day life.
Here's a brief summary of circumstances over the past month and a half and my take-outs so far.
When the diet stopped I basically continued with my lifestyle changes: still eating soups sometimes but generally taking care of what I was eating; drinking lots of water; walking almost 13 000 steps a day. I also brought in some training into my weekly routine.
Having generously been offered a session with a personal trainer from a dear friend, I was given a home gym workout program tailored to me, my fitness level and goals to at least do something partly physical. I also promised this to my doctor when I had my exit medical when leaving Microsoft.
So for almost 2 weeks I managed to train 3 times a week. It was great, I was actually sweating a lot and began to feel pretty good about things. Even in that short space of time, I think that I could see some changes in body shape.
Then came my vacation and a trip to the UK. Similar to my trip to Thailand at Christmas time last year I expected to gain a few kilos over the almost 2 week period. Travelling, good food and hanging with friends and family contributed to me piling on 5kg in a couple of weeks this time around.
I am now trying to lose this again, and have started with the home gym once more. Of course this is in a way counter active for weight loss since the trainer said to eat more, but I am happy to "solid out" a bit and get a bit of muscle. But along with the vacation, which hammered home the facts, I have learnt (obviously) that I need to do the following.... Always
The 5 things to keep the weight off after the diet ended
- Drink plenty of water
- Don't drink so much beer
- Keep exercising, minimum 13 000 steps daily
- Don't eat too much
- Make sure to get plenty of sleep
Have you made any lifestyle changes? How hard do you find it to keep them up?