I am brand new to maintenance. I hear a lot of people say they are successful in maintenance by making sure they buckle down again (i.e. eat at a deficit) whenever they near the top of or exceed their maintenance weight range. The common wisdom is to catch weight creep early and don’t let it become permanent regain. I exceeded my maintenance range recently and went back to a deficit, only to discover that it was all water weight (my range is small because a 5-pound gain is really noticeable on me). How do I catch weight creep early? How do I know when I’ve put on actual pounds as opposed to water weight? What are your strategies?