Just want to share some early stats from my relatively-short maintenance time which began on February 20th. I share this because there are some here who comment how they struggle with maintenance. I've previously shared this hasn't been my experience but that I'm doing nothing different on a daily basis than what I did when in drop mode other than eating slightly more, having set my calories to maintenance from a previous set of a daily deficit to support 1.5 lbs. weight loss per week.
Here are some interesting stats I just calculated, measured from February 20th through today (background info: my maintenance weight range is 172-177 lbs., 64 year old man who sits for a living but does have a decent exercise regiment - started my journey last August 31st at 210.8 lbs.) -
Weight on 2/20/2019 when I officially declared maintenance: 176.9 lbs.
Weight this morning 6/5/2019 - 173.5 lbs.
Average weight during maintenance to date 102 days - 173.8 lbs. - lowest weight 169.2 on 5/12/2019 and highest weight 179.1 on 2/27/2019.
Average weight fluctuation from previous day to date 102 days - 0.04 lbs.
Range of weight fluctuation from previous day to date 102 days was -1.8 lowest to 2.5 lbs. highest.
Number of days logged eating - 102 days of 102 days.
Number of days morning weigh-in - 102 days of 102 days.
Eating based on 101 days since I haven't eaten today - all amounts are averages for 101 days - total calories = 2,378 - carbs 52 percent - protein 18 percent - fat 30 percent) - it would take some side calculations to identify the days in which I ate significantly more than calories expended (that some would describe as cheat days) but my judgement is that there are not many and I don't feel deprived. I prefer to call these days "treat: days rather than "cheat" days. I don't like the cheat word and words matter to me, call me weird but that's me.
Calories expended - using BMR calculator of average weight plus lifestyle and exercise calories added = 2,383 average calories per day.
The lesson learned - watching maintenance like a hawk, having good data for analytics to closely monitor and keeping the discipline in peak condition is almost a guarantee that you'll always be in maintenance land.
Can you accomplish this with a more relaxed approach? Yes, I'm sure, but watching it like a hawk works for me.
What do I plan to do different moving forward? Nada!
Postscript - today is day #3 of eating 500 calories below maintenance after my morning weigh-in showed some upward uptick. Nothing to be concerned about but I wanted to give myself about 5 days of deficit eating just to keep my skills sharp. Overkill? Maybe, but this is my approach and I just wanted to share it with everyone here.
As you can see, I'm an analytical guy, God wired me that way and my profession in the rat race is an analytical one.