Post # 1
So, I proved to be great at losing weight, down 40lbs and feeling wonderful. Then, I went to my alterations apt and the seamstress gave me a frowny face, pointed her finger at me and told me not to lose any more weight. So, I took that to mean “omg eat everything” and now I’m up 4lbs already (I’m still going to the gym if that helps any ) I know 4lbs isnt much and I can lose that in the next three weeks to ensure my dress isnt too tight…but oh my gosh. I cant stop stuffing my face. And thats the reason I gained the 50lbs to begin with.
So, how on earth do you maintain?!!!
I’m really going to try and not read these comments until tomorrow becasue I have a wonderful amazing cheesecake in front of me and Pizza Hut delivery on its way and we certainly cant let that go to waste…
Maintaining weight is something that I’ll eventually need to get the hang of since I wont be trying to lose weight forever… but honestly its SO much harder than losing.
Post # 3
I weigh myself every day! I like to keep myself in the range between 124 and 127! If I hit 128, it’s time to cut back.
Post # 4
Losing weight and maintaining has to be a lifestyle change. It sounds like you did really really well for a amount of time. Once you lost you went back to your old ways. That is very unhealthy. You need to find motivation to stick with it. Good Luck
Post # 5
Don’t take what your seamstress said to heart. Your health is more important than a dress. Like what lindsey k said, it’s a lifestyle change and you need to continue working out regularly and eating clean. Unfortunately, cravings might continue… it depends on the person. Allow yourself a cheat meal every week to help with that but don’t go overboard. Yes, it IS hard, but you’ve been great so far. Do this for yourself and for your Fiance. He will want you to be healthy and happy as well!
Post # 6
I came on this thread looking for tips…but anyway I heard on the radio the other day someone speaking about weight and weight management. The guy said weighing yourself about 1x a week is really good to help with maintaining. As pp said, if you said person goes above their normal range then cut back. But he also warned against weighing every day because it can drive you nuts.
He said weigh yourself same time every morning.
Post # 7
After I had my son, I dropped the 32 lbs I’d gained during pregnancy with nursing, Pilates, and cutting out sugar and processed foods and eventually I got down to pre-pregnancy weight of 124. I’ve been able to maintain by keeping up my work outs 4x/week, trying to eat healthy filling meals so I’m not tempted to snack on candy and chips during the day, and I give myself one splurge day every week where I can eat anything I want for that 24 hours. It gives me something to look forward to if I’m good during the week!
Post # 8
I don’t count calories but I eat a lot of the same foods every day so I probably end up within a pretty tight range of calories/day. I weigh myself maybe once a week or so, but I don’t have a specific day or time I do it. I also exercise daily and do similar exercises every week, so again my calorie burn is in a pretty tight range. I do allow myself treats, usually a popscicle or serving of candy, nothing crazy. I think if you have “cheat days” or exercise sporadically, it would be hard to maintain a stable weight.
Post # 9
I LOVE to eat. So I calorie cycle. On “high” calorie days (usually once per week) I eat 3000 calories or more. And regular exercise, at least 5 or 6 days per week. I try to do kettlebells at least twice a week as that burns 600 calories in 30 minutes
Post # 10
I lost 40 pounds & I’ve been able to keep it off for over a year. I continue to keep my exercise routine of working out 4 times per week & making healthier food choices. If I know I am going out with friends and I’m going to splurge (couple alcoholic beverages & shared apps), I make sure I get a good work out in that day. It’s definitely a lifestyle change & you have to make sure you don’t fall back into the unhealthy decisons you made before all the weight loss, good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
I didn’t really change my eating habits after I stopped “trying” to lose weight. I’m more lenient about having a snack or stopping for ice cream once in a while, but for the most part I eat the same. I do exercise a bit less though.
Post # 12
Its really about finding a diet that will work for you in the long term without feeling like a diet. I’ve tried a lot of diets, and I could never stick to one for a long time. My SO was looking to loose weight, and I was looking to maintain and we ended up deciding on a (partially) meatless diet. 5 days a week we eat only veggies and fish. No desserts, nothing fried, nothing unhealthy. The other two days are our cheat days. We can eat meat and/or have desert (generally this is on the weekend.) Its leinient enough that we can both stick to it while feeling satisfied and are happy with our cheat as our bad day. Sometimes, we even forget to do any cheat days in a week. My SO has lost some significant weight, and while I was just trying not to get heavier, I lost weight too. I don’t feel deprived and I don’t count calories. There are no crazy food restrictions. We’ve been on the new eating plan since January with no slips, and staying on it hasn’t been difficult at all. I honestly feel that I don’t ever want to switch back to eating meat everyday. (For me, this was a MAJOR source of calories as I never really ate processed food.) My mother has been maintaining her weight like this for several years after losing around 30lbs.
I think people fail at long term weightloss because they make it too hard on themselves. No one is going to stick to a diet that makes them give up all their favorite foods! Life is too short never to eat pizza or an ice cream sunday again. Any lifestyle choice that severely restricts what you can eat on a permanent basis is not toing to work. Instead think about what you like to eat that is healthy, focus on making that the core of your nutrition plan things you like, and give yourself some wiggle room. Eat your pizza and cheese cake tonight, enjoy it, and then eat a healthy salad tomorrow!