A diet is intended to get someone to a certain weight loss or health goal. What happens when the goal is met? If there is no maintenance plan in place after the weight loss portion of the diet is over, it is easy to go back to eating the way a person did before they decided to lose weight.
Medical weight loss programs usually offer a long term maintenance program for people that have attained their goal weight. In many cases this is one of the features that sets medical programs apart from less effective weight loss programs.
Despite the name, a maintenance program is not just a way to maintain weight loss. Maintenance programs are designed to continue the work that you started during the active weight loss phase of your program and teach you new and different ways for improving your lifestyle and your health.
During maintenance programs we work on building strategies for eating that can be maintained for the rest of a person’s life. It usually is more of a guideline on what the goals are daily for protein, fiber, dairy, and calories than an actual meal-by-meal diet plan. That is a good thing, but if a person finds they are more likely to snack without a written out meal plan daily, they can use the maintenance plan to write out a meal plan once a week to stay on track.
The maintenance plan will help a person understand where they are through the course of the day and to know if they begin to stress eat how that will affect food intake for the rest of the day.
Diet slip-ups are easier to remedy and less likely to happen in the first place when someone has a maintenance plan to rely on