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Hwlf84Hwlf84 Posts: 18Member Member Posts: 18Member Member
I’m small - 5’1. I’ve decided to move to maintenance at least for a while - I’m not at my original goal weight of 105 lm but I’m a healthy BMI now at 112 lb.
But I hadn’t realised quite how few calories I could have at maintenance - around 1400 according to MFP - for the rest of my life!
How do others manage it - do you effectively ‘diet’ several days a week and save up for treats? I know I can’t sustain never ever having them.
I do exercise but I know calories from that tend to be vv overestimated so ma reluctant to eat them.
Would welcome advice from those who have kept weight off for a long time!

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  • staticsplitstaticsplit Posts: 299Member Member Posts: 299Member Member
    Eat half of your exercise calories and see how that goes. That should give you a little more!
  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 1,747Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,747Member, Premium Member
    Hwlf84 wrote: »
    I’m small - 5’1. I’ve decided to move to maintenance at least for a while - I’m not at my original goal weight of 105 lm but I’m a healthy BMI now at 112 lb.
    But I hadn’t realised quite how few calories I could have at maintenance - around 1400 according to MFP - for the rest of my life!
    How do others manage it - do you effectively ‘diet’ several days a week and save up for treats? I know I can’t sustain never ever having them.
    I do exercise but I know calories from that tend to be vv overestimated so ma reluctant to eat them.
    Would welcome advice from those who have kept weight off for a long time!

    If you don't eat back your exercise calories, then you aren't really eating at maintenance. You can use a TDEE calculator like tdeecalculator.net to calculate a goal for you based off of your exercise level.
  • firecat1987firecat1987 Posts: 768Member, Premium Member Posts: 768Member, Premium Member
    there is a big difference between eating back your calories or none at all. Try eating a portion of them back.
  • zeejane4zeejane4 Posts: 230Member Member Posts: 230Member Member
    MikePTY wrote: »
    Hwlf84 wrote: »
    I’m small - 5’1. I’ve decided to move to maintenance at least for a while - I’m not at my original goal weight of 105 lm but I’m a healthy BMI now at 112 lb.
    But I hadn’t realised quite how few calories I could have at maintenance - around 1400 according to MFP - for the rest of my life!
    How do others manage it - do you effectively ‘diet’ several days a week and save up for treats? I know I can’t sustain never ever having them.
    I do exercise but I know calories from that tend to be vv overestimated so ma reluctant to eat them.
    Would welcome advice from those who have kept weight off for a long time!

    If you don't eat back your exercise calories, then you aren't really eating at maintenance. You can use a TDEE calculator like tdeecalculator.net to calculate a goal for you based off of your exercise level.

    This.

    I recently figured my TDEE and it was quite a bit higher than where I had thought I was at. I've upped my calories and my weight hasn't fluctuated up at all :)
    edited May 15
  • EvamuttEvamutt Posts: 1,483Member Member Posts: 1,483Member Member
    agree with all the above & I ate back 95-100% of exercise calories while losing. I'm 5'4 & I was able to add about 3-400 more calories on maintenance plus exercise so I was quite satisfied. How many calories are you eating now? Do look up your TDEE
  • Hwlf84Hwlf84 Posts: 18Member Member Posts: 18Member Member
    This is so helpful thank you everyone. I’m going to try eating back some of my exercise calories (and I have an Apple Watch so I’ll watch my movement ring too - I normally do about 600 calories a day on that though again I know they’re vv inaccurate). I guess I was so paranoid about getting it wrong and putting any weight back on I didn’t dare which was silly.
  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Posts: 2,131Member Member Posts: 2,131Member Member
    At 62, MFP says I should be eating 1400 calories to maintain my weight. I get a lot of exercise, fortunately. It allows me to eat a lot more than 1400. My exercise is mostly walking and running, which are easy to calculate. I actually burn a bit more than the calculations because I run hills and do some interval work. This gives me some leeway for errors and omissions in my logging.
  • JthanmyfitnesspalJthanmyfitnesspal Posts: 1,718Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,718Member, Premium Member
    The philosophical question is: do you really need to eat more if you are not hungry? In principal, once your body gets used to it, you will not be hungry when you eat at maintenance (including eating back calories exercised off). It takes a while (months) for your body to acclimate to a new weight, so just keep on logging and weighing.
  • FarmerCarlaFarmerCarla Posts: 503Member, Premium Member Posts: 503Member, Premium Member
    I've found maintaining with a keto WOE is easy, and I don't get hungry. I don't track food and exercise, but I weigh daily and eat extra carbs when my weight drops below my desired range.
  • csplattcsplatt Posts: 390Member Member Posts: 390Member Member
    I have been given 1600 for maintenance and it took time to adjust because I really wanted to be able to eat more. I can go a week without logging and will see a pound or two sneak back on, which may just be food in my digestive track or bloating, but I will tighten up to see them come off again just to stay on track.
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