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How Can I Maintain My Weight when I Stop Slimming?

Abstract: I have often slimmed down, but as soon as I begin to eat again it doesn´t take many month to regain even more than I had lost.

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How Can I Maintain My Weight when I Stop Slimming?

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 16 Aug 2008.

I have often slimmed down, but as soon as I begin to eat again it doesn't take many month to regain even more than I had lost. As long as I go down everything feels enjoyable and exciting and when I reach my objective I know I should only eat with moderation, but this is where I fail. After having refrained from cakes and sandwiches for several months I am crazy about food. The result of many repetitions of this procedure is that I have gradually gone up. What can I do in order to maintain my lower weight after the next slimming cure?


If you want to reach and maintain normal weight permanently, you have to improve your eating habits permanently. Your mistake is to concentrate excessively on reaching a certain weight. Try instead to concentrate on creating new habits for the rest of your life.

If you find it difficult to change all your habits do it one step at a time and you will gradually find the new food natural and good. Use this new diet when you lose weight and just go on with the same diet when you have reached your goal.

You write about your longing for sandwiches and cakes. Try wholemeal rye bread with ham or turkey and a lot of vegetables at your sandwich, and a couple of wafers with sliced banana between them as a replacement for cakes.

Avoid sugar and fat and base your meals on salads, vegetables, potatoes, roots, berries, fruit, porridge, fish, lean meat, low fat milk products and small amounts of olive oil.

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