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 on 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. Every body 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.
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
- 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
- Enjoy the healthy Thermojetics®
High-Protein, Low-Carb snacks and foods daily.
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 program, 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
- 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 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 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!
- Keep connected
Log on to Herbalife.com and check out
our "Lose Weight Now" section.
Or use the information at Thermosuccess.com
and re-view past shows online. Both
Herbalife sites offer weight-loss support
24 hours a day, seven days a week. They're
like having your own nutritional consultant
right at your fingertips!