(Closed) Lost weight.. now how to keep it off?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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miss-honeybee3:  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.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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
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Bumble bee

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miss-honeybee3:  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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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miss-honeybee3:  

 

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 # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It is all about meal planning and portions

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