Post # 1
I have recently lost some weight and would like to stay around the size I am, give or take. I’ve worked really hard and it’s been slow progress as I wasn’t exactly overweight to start with. I wouldn’t say I have made a lifestyle change yet and always think about the day I can relax my routine a bit.
Any tips on how to keep it off without being the crazy calorie counting / gym everyday person I have become? I know, maybe I am expecting to ‘have my cake and eat it’ but it really doesnt feel realistic that i will be able to keep this up, I have been getting bored recently and don’t feel the same urge I had when I started as I have lost more weight than I planned. My cravings are huge for everything naughty even though I do have treats and don’t deprive myself of anything really.
Obviously, I will continue to monitor portion sizes and eat well.. and still exercise. . just everyday mehhhhh. I need a break. I think the size I am now is below my comfortable weight but I am scared to let go a bit and then it pile back on!
Post # 2
I don’t have any great advice for you, but I can relate – I lost close to 15 pounds by accident last fall (a perfect storm of grief, stress, half marathon training, and dental work), and in my eagerness to maintain I accidentally lost close to five more this spring. I realize that saying that probably sounds obnoxious, but it’s not any great virtue on my part – it’s just that I’m not quite sure what my maintaining diet should look like, so I overcompensate! And it’s just been a hard, hard year. I hope to be fattened up a little from happiness this fall.
I think you have to break free from constant monitoring and learn how to trust yourself not to overdo it, but how that actually works I don’t know!
Post # 3
As someone who has lost 60 lbs, gained back 25, and lost it again, honestly the only thing you can do is just eat generally healthy. Once you are at the right weight, you don’t have to calorie count or anything, all you have to do is make healthy choices most of the time. For example, I’ll drink maybe once a week if that, and during most of the week I eat salads, beans, legumes, lots of veggies, etc.and still do my protein shake in the morning, but don’t count calories. If I want to treat myself once in a while I go for it, but the best thing you can do for yourself is making healthy eating more natural. Separating healthy food from the crazy restriction and counting and tracking will be key.
Post # 4
To keep the weight off it truly needs to be a lifestyle change. It doesn’t have to be bad. You just have to find things you enjoy. The food I cook for myself now is far and beyond better than the processed garbage I used to eat. Fresh food just tastes better too. Same with exercising. Find activities you like, for me that’s running and yoga. That way it won’t feel like a chore. You’re actually enjoying it.
Post # 5
How often are you working out? You shouldn’t be working out every day – your body needs a rest day and you will burn out QUICK if you don’t get one. Since you are maintaining, I’d recommend working out 3-4 days a week, and mixing up your workouts to keep the variety going. As far as food, keeping the weight off will be all about your diet. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, don’t eat too much sugar, limit your carbs, and be careful with how much you let yourself “cheat.”
Another suggestion: if you are tracking anything via My Fitness Pal or FitBit/Jawbone, etc., I’d say to stop for awhile. It really becomes a sort of addiction and I feel like it’s not healthy (I say this as someone who was addicted to both for awhile!) Listen to your body.
Post # 6
Research suggests that diet is most important in losing weight and exercise is most important in keeping the weight off. You’ll need to keep up the activity, at least 250 minutes of moderate exercise a week. As far as diet, I agree with PPs that you should mostly focus on choosing healthy foods and not bother as much with counting calories. Over time, you start to learn what an appropriate serving of a food looks like.
Post # 7
Good luck! At the beginning of 2014 I lost 50lbs and since have gained it all back by being careless :'( I would strongly suggest still tracking calories at maintenance mode. I wish I could go back and do it that way instead of trying to be healthy without really paying attention.
Post # 8
I don’t go to the gym and don’t calorie count, but I’m just very aware of what I eat. I try to prep simple healthy meals and we pretty much never eat out. Not a lot of sugary juices, no soda. It’s just a life style I have to maintain to maintain my weight. Once I start eating frozen pizzas and being lazy and eating junk, I gain weight. If I cut that junk out, I drop my weight back to normal just like that even without exercise.
Post # 9
I lost about 15 lbs for my wedding last year… although I did gain back 12lbs after my honeymoon @ the cruise.. I managed to keep it down now… so I’m only few lbs more compare to my big day.
The key is be mindful of what you eat. I don’t exercise …very lazy but I am very conscious on what I eat and what I do during the day.
From Monday – Friday at work, I make sure I drink at least 3-4 mug of hot water with lemon and black coffee to keep water weight off me. It’s one of the challenge… I can range 2-3 lbs in one day because of water weight. I just cut stick with low carb diet. I only allow myself have carb on the weekend when I go out with hubby or friends. The hot water with lemon really help!!
Post # 10
professorplum: you are so right, its just hard to break free from the monitoring when its served me so well! I have lost 9.3kg (20ibs) and now weigh 59.2kg. I want to stick around this weight give or take. I have relaxed a bit this past week or so, but still managed to loose a little. I hope you reach your goal, and continue to have happiness in your life.
tjacob2014: wow that’s amazing well done you! Thank you for the tips, you are definitely correct I need to relax about the counting calories and make more healthy choices all the time, so it’s a lifestyle change – not just a temporary diet. That’s what i’m struggling with!
BlushingHoneybee: I did find running, swimming and yoga something that I enjoyed as well actually, but now I think I need to mix it up maybe join some classes now my fitness has improved! Lots of people say its finding the right exercise. You are right about the fresh food, I definitely enjoy cooking more now and love the new foods I am trying.
MrsMore14: About 5/6 times a week, guess it became routine, especially after the work during the week I head straight to the gym. If I have evening plans I don’t stress about missing a day. You are so right, MFP has become an addiction.. I find myself thinking about what has the best calorie count before I pick it up, and check on MFP. My awareness for food portions and making the right choices is better and I do aim to stop using it. I just feel its what has helped me the most – I never used to have any recognition of portion size / calories.
Post # 11
I am sure you will get back on track! Good luck thanks for the advice!
I wish I could not go to the gym, but I really think its 50/50 what has contributed to my weightless. I now have definition in my arms and legs that I never had before. Although I was very careless with what I ate before. I don’t drink soda or juices really, just water and a cup of tea a day. I don’t actually like fizzy drinks anymore! I still treat myself now and again dessert wise, its just being sensible! I am worried I may get lazy and its the gym that spurs me on to eat healthy food.
I actually started drinking water with lemon yesterday. I read it is best an hour before breakfast. Did you find it really helped drinking it throughout the day too? I have a 750ml bottle and drink about 3 bottles a day. Which for me is a lot I used to be able to go a whole day and not have a drink!!
Post # 12
It is all about meal planning and portions