While eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important aspect of any weight maintenance plan, sticking to an exercise program after you’ve reached your goal may be the key to keeping the pounds off long-term say University of Alabama researchers. Why? In their study, the scientists found that research participants who stopped working out after shedding weight experienced a dip in their metabolism, while those who continued lifting or doing cardio for forty minutes three times a week continued to burn calories at the same rate.
The gym is well worth continuing to find the time in your schedule. You not only torch calories while breaking a sweat, but also burn more calories at rest. Translation: Occasionally indulging in a slice of cake or a glass of wine won’t do much damage to your waistline if you’re keeping your calorie-burning furnace stoked. So whether you enjoy running, rowing, lifting or Crossfitting, keep your heart pumping. Maintaining your bikini bod is as easy as that!