Post # 1
Sorry I’m making so many threads, but as I’ve written about before, I have a significant amount of weight I’m in the process of losing, and at the same time I’m trying to prepare mentally for when I’m done losing weight (even though I realize that’s many moons from now, I feel like the better I prepare for what is to come eventually, the better).
You see, I’ve lost weight in the past, and always gained it and more back (I guess you can say that I’ve been yo-yo dieting for the past 5-6 years). Generally I’ll lose weight and be fine for a little while, but when the first time of significant stress comes, I’ll just end up overeating and then it’s just hard to regain control.
So I’m wondering…in order to maintain weight loss, did you have to change your mentality about food after/while you lost the weight?
I’m starting to think that I’m kind of addicted to food like a drug addict of some sort, and that I will just have to accept the fact that I can never let myself go back to how I was before in order to keep this weight off long-term. Have any other bees come to a similar realization?
Post # 3
I love food, so I really have to make an effort to watch my weight. Myfitnesspal is great for tracking your diet, and you can customize it for either losing, maintaining, or gaining weight depending on what your goals are. I’m using it to lose right now, but I’m also going to use it to maintain once I’ve reached my goal weight. It helps me to be a lot more conscious of what I put in my mouth.
Post # 4
For sure! I was in the “obese” category before I lost my weight – actually i technically still am but I don’t feel obese at all since I’m pretty active and wear regular sizes (not a dig on anyone in plus sizes, that was just a milestone for me personally). But I think anyone who gets to be that big is kidding themselves if they say that they don’t have some issues with food and eating, or at the very least some bad habits.
For me it was necessary to start to address those issues if I wanted to continue losing and keep the weight off that I had already lost. I did and am still working on it And it’s going to be a lifelong thing of keeping myself in check. One of my issues is comfort eating, not from feeling sad or lonely but more from exhaustion. Now I actively question my motives for eating when I’m feeling extra tired and try to be honest with myself. Another trigger for me is feeling deprived. If I start to get into a negative space and think that everyone else can eat whatever they want, why can’t I, why do I have to watch what I eat, etc., I tend to rebel and eat a ton. So I try to work in little treats and if I do overindulge, I just try to learn from it and move on. To me, being overweight is a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself! (Which is ironically what they say in 12 step programs about drug use, to refer back to your comparison about addiction!)
Post # 5
I am doing Weight Watchers and have similiar fears of maintaining once I get to my goal (about 12 more pounds to go). Have you thought about a program like Weight Watchers? I’m afraid of gaining it back, but i feel like the support of the weekly meetings and the accountability of weighing in will help me stay focused and on track. The people at the meetings understand the struggle with food better than people in our everyday life sometimes.
Post # 6
I’m a ww lifetime member I’m currently 1 – 2kgs over my goal weight. I’m hoping to get back there for my wedding. I’m currently maintaining between 52 and 53kg. I find if I don’t go at it 100% I don’t lose or I lose little and gain it the following week. I’m currently trying to cut down on my sugar intake and watch my portion control.
Post # 7
yep i lost alot of weight for the wedding and now ive put a bit back on.. ive been reading up on it. if you loose weight your body wants you to regain that for a year! so you have to maintian a healthy weight for a year for your chemical balances to get back to normal.. annoying!
Post # 8
For me, the biggest mental shift concerned alcohol. I find that I can maintain my weight easily (lost 40+ pounds about 3 yrs ago) if I avoid alcohol; but if I start drinking, even a little a day, it starts piling on. I wasn’t a heavy drinker when I was heavier, but I might have a beer after work or wine/cocktails when out with friends family. Probably 7 drinks per week. Now I maybe have 1-3 drinks per MONTH and it’s really helped.
Also, portion control was a big thing. Before, I would sit with a box of cheezits when I was studying and by the time I’d finished a paper or review session, the box was suspiciously empty. I was eating without even really being aware. I was eating to pass the time. By substituting healthier snack options and buying individual serving size packs (or putting the snack into serving size portions as soon as I got home from the grocery store), I have been able to curb that instinct to eat to pass time.
Post # 9
Yes, losing weight and keeping it off is a lifestyle change. You have to identify your bad habits from before that were contributing to your overweight status and change those. I realized I was over-eating junk food and not exercising enough, so once I changed both of those and modified my lifestyle, the weight just stayed off!