SabAteNine wrote: »
First, congratulations on your loss. That's a hell of a number off the scale!
Second, I get the fear. It used to numb my brain when approaching maintenance. What if I gain? Everyone's witnessing a small bump in weight when they up their calories, what if I can't handle that?
So I gradually increased my calories. Slowly. Losing still. Losing another 5 comfortable lbs which would give me margin, while weight lifting.
And then my own personal solution to breach the mental barrier was to.. gain weight on purpose! Planned. Slow bulk. I'm doing it now and I have put around 8.5 lbs since this summer. Of course, fat gain is quite minimal, I'm doing it with the specific purpose of putting on muscle mass while weight training. But I wake up and tell myself to trust the process, stick to the plan, keep watching the trend, and get up there to another +3 lbs. And in the mirror there is someone looking back who is definitely more fit than she was 6 months ago, and it shows.
So I weigh in daily, I take the gain, I plan for more, and it repaired my relationship with the scale. I trust that I'll be able to cut after this - been there before, so what can go wrong, really? The body is an incredible machine. The mind as well - trust in them both!
jrwms714 wrote: »
I second the idea of a trending app. I use Happy Scale and it really helps. I am four years into maintenance and I want to add that the fear of regaining is something that is really intense at first, but as time goes on and your mind and body adjust to the fact that maintenance is, as someone said, having a range and bouncing around in it, and going back to loss calories when you go over that range, then the fear diminishes. For me, I want it still there, tucked somewhere in the back of my mind, so that I never feel like:"Well, I'm done and I'm thin and I don't ever have to worry again." That leads to a slippery slope. I bring that fear out again when I have gone over my range and have stayed at that weight for a week or more. Then I use that fear to bring me up short, have me look at what is going on honestly, curb my calories, work out more, and go back to where I need to be. So maybe fear is more about knowing what the reality could be if you allow it? Not sure. But, for me, it's always good to have to it somewhere where I can call it up, look at it, face it, and move on to healthier stuff.
DX2JX2 wrote: »
This might not be everyone's cup of tea but consciously let yourself gain 5 pounds your first year in maintenance. Then take a few weeks and re-lose that weight. You might not believe it, but it will feel easier to lose weight than it does to maintain it.
Once you see that you can lose the weight if you ever need to, maintenance becomes not that big a deal.
middlehaitch wrote: »
That may work for some.
But, those who are towards the lower end of the BMI scale and have few calories to play with may find it difficult.
Being petite, and older, it took me 5 month, maybe longer, to lose the last 5 lbs. No way would I have purposely put those last 5lbs on again and be able to drop them in a few weeks. It would have been a 9m experiment, minimum.
There is a big difference between losing 5lbs if you are over 150lbs and losing 5lbs if you are under 110lbs.
Maybe a reasonable theory, just not applicable to all.
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