Post # 1
Ok fitness ladies, help me out here. I lost my 15 lbs goal and since I start my fittings this week, my new goal is to maintain this weight. But I’m really worried about it! I went from 145 to 130, but 130 is a pretty low weight for me. I had been 145 for all of my adult life, and haven’t been 130 since high school. I’m worried that if I keep dieting, I will keep loosing weight, but if I stop, I will gain it all back.
I lost the weight counting calories on sparkpeople.com, and I had been eating 1250-1550. When I changed my goals around, the website suggested I now eat 1510-1860, but that seems like a lot to me.
Anyone else have these fears? Did you find any tips that helped your maintain your weight loss better?
Post # 3
First off, congrats on losing the weight! I know it’s not always easy. I don’t really have a lot of advice for maintaining your weight but are you working out at all? Maybe you could try bumping it up to what they recommended for the calories, but throwing in some cardio 2-3x a week. I’ve been eating what I normally do (including burgers…even though I shouldn’t!) & working out and I’ve started noticing a harder tummy. This may or may not work for you.
Hopefully other Bee’s will have better advice for you…but once again, congrats on losing the weight!!! 🙂
Post # 4
Since you are used to eating around 1500 calories or so, i’d just eat 1500 a day and not feel badly about having a treat here and there. If i caught myself losing weight, though, i’d add another snack to my daily intake. I lost the last 5 post-wedding pounds recently ( i had put on 10 last july) and have been eating a goal of 1500 calories a day and not feeling guilty when i do decide to have a glass of wine or a frozen custard here and there. I still weigh my goal weight. But, when you say “diet” are you eating rabbit food? Or have you just switched from a not-so-healthy diet to healthier foods? you may just find that 130 is easy to maintain if you are now eating healthy versus junk.
Post # 5
I know many people will not like what I will say, but it has worked for me for years now. After I achieved my weight goal, I stepped on the scale every day. Continued the healthy eating and exercising, but with a little bit more calories. If I put on one pound, I’d be a bit more careful about the calories – it’s way easier working on losing 1 pound than waiting to have 5 pounds to lose… 🙂
Congrats on achieving your goals!!
Post # 6
I weigh myself every day, too! When i see the # go up, it is a visual reminder to just not indulge that day. Even if I *know* the weight is water weight or food retention or whatever. It’s just a good reminder that that number can go up
Post # 7
@Lees- I do work out, but not that intensely. I’ll run 2-3 miles, 3-4 times a week. I think I will try to pay more attention to scheduling though and make sure the workout days are the days when I go a little higher on the calories and vise versa.
@ejs4y8- I’ve been eating much healthier than I ever did before, and I firmly believe that’s why I found it so easy to lose the weight that I could never take off my whole adult life. So I’m not eating those microwave diet meals, I’m actually using fresh vegetables, watching the sodium content of foods, getting good cuts of meat, etc. I can’t imagine going back to all that processed junk now. So you may be right that it won’t be hard to keep the weight off if I just keep choosing quality ingredients. I really do feel like that’s a change that I won’t ever go back on…
Post # 8
Thanks for posting, this is something I need to work on as well. Congrats greenleaf on losing the weight!
Post # 9
Congrats on the weight loss!
I wouldn’t worry about increasing your calories a bit. You are not looking to lose weight anymore so you don’t need to cut your calories. It is 500 calories less a day to lose a pound. I would keep exercising but not going crazy and increasing your calories a bit so you aren’t depriving yourself.