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Will I have to log forever?

OnedaywriterOnedaywriter Member Posts: 109 Member Member Posts: 109 Member
I wanted to lose approx 113 lbs to get to top end of government published weight range for my height. I’m 6’2” tall and wanted to get to 195- started about 308. I got to 205 without logging but was stuck there for about three months. So I started logging etc and reached my 195.

Seems like that only last five minutes though! I stopped logging thinking I had a good handle on consumption and even if I was off a little I was now in “maintenance.” My weight went back to 206 in a couple of months!! Granted it was holiday time and I expected to gain a few lbs.
Tried to lose again but after seeing no movement for a couple of weeks I went back to logging. Now I’ve lost a few lbs already.

So my question for those who reached their goals and stayed there - do you think I’ll have to log forever?
edited January 27
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  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,146 Member Member Posts: 10,146 Member
    Maybe, maybe not. If you manage to find a system that helps you keep the right balance of calories without logging, then you won't have to log if you don't want to. This may take some experimenting, but it's doable for some people. For people like me, portion creep happens very gradually I don't even notice it if I don't log, and it makes things harder than they need to be having to constantly yoyo diet on diet off. Controlled yoyos are one thing, it's forced yoyos that I hate, so I would rather keep logging. I also like the freedom of food choices that logging gives me, so there is that.
    edited January 27
  • GregInORLGregInORL Member Posts: 195 Member Member Posts: 195 Member
    I log all my work days and probably hit about 50% of my days off but I’m loosely aware of it, still use my daily ish weigh ins and trend data to adjust. Might get to a point where I use just the scale and trend weight to adjust up an down, but I intend to loosely track unless I need to take more deliberate action to stay within my maintenance range
  • VictorSmashesVictorSmashes Member Posts: 166 Member Member Posts: 166 Member
    You will only have to log so long as you haven't found your rhythm. I can get away with not logging and I will basically just maintain now (within 5 lbs) wherever I'm at. Doesn't help when I'm still trying to lose 80-100 lbs but it goes to show that no, not everyone has to log to maintain. You have to figure out what works for you though. Pay attention to serving sizes, how many of these serving sizes in combination that you are eating per meal, and how many meals you are consuming per day. Those will give you rough guides. I don't think about it personally, but those were some of the things I would consider during times where I wasn't specifically trying to lose weight.
  • babyluthibabyluthi Member Posts: 262 Member Member Posts: 262 Member
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Member Posts: 769 Member Member Posts: 769 Member
    Maybe. I have lost and maintained with and without logging. I do find there is a 10 pound creep up over the course of about a year if I don’t log.
    I don’t like logging particularly and so I’m not at the moment. But I am likely to go back to it. At the moment my intention is to maintain. If my weight does creep up it won’t be the end of the world because I’m at the lower end of a healthy weight for my height and am doing a lot of lifting so would hope to increase my muscle mass if I do put on a few pounds. Just trying to find a balance that’s right for me and my mental and physical health.

    I do weigh myself every day though. That’s my check without the logging.
  • staticsplitstaticsplit Member Posts: 539 Member Member Posts: 539 Member
    I go back and forth. As of now I log about 4-5 days of the week. I'm very loose with it though and do a lot of guessing, but it helps me stay more mindful and actually eat meal shaped things instead of half a bag of pretzel pieces for lunch (I mean, I still do, but not as often).
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 30,013 Member Member Posts: 30,013 Member
    meal shaped things

    Amen. I'd far rather have a block of cheese and bread, but that sat fat number stops me. :neutral:
  • cms3613cms3613 Member Posts: 12 Member Member Posts: 12 Member
    It's hard! IMO it is a life style change. After awhile, we know how many calories are in the things we eat. We need to be vigilant and not over eat... (speaking for myself...)
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 37,969 Member Member Posts: 37,969 Member
    I wanted to lose approx 113 lbs to get to top end of government published weight range for my height. I’m 6’2” tall and wanted to get to 195- started about 308. I got to 205 without logging but was stuck there for about three months. So I started logging etc and reached my 195.

    Seems like that only last five minutes though! I stopped logging thinking I had a good handle on consumption and even if I was off a little I was now in “maintenance.” My weight went back to 206 in a couple of months!! Granted it was holiday time and I expected to gain a few lbs.
    Tried to lose again but after seeing no movement for a couple of weeks I went back to logging. Now I’ve lost a few lbs already.

    So my question for those who reached their goals and stayed there - do you think I’ll have to log forever?

    I've been in maintenance for over 6 years and don't log anything. I usually put on about 10 Lbs over the winter and holidays, but I take it off in the spring. Basically I have certain rules for myself, and exceptions to those rules and so long as those exceptions don't become the rule, I'm fine.

    I eat well for the most part nutritionally, exercise regularly, and monitor my weight on the scale weekly. 10 Lbs of actual weight gain is my intervention point. When I need to cut some weight it's usually a matter of cutting out a few snacks, and that's about it.
  • lilawolflilawolf Member Posts: 1,645 Member Member Posts: 1,645 Member
    Maybe. I have lost and maintained with and without logging. I do find there is a 10 pound creep up over the course of about a year if I don’t log.
    I don’t like logging particularly and so I’m not at the moment. But I am likely to go back to it. At the moment my intention is to maintain. If my weight does creep up it won’t be the end of the world because I’m at the lower end of a healthy weight for my height and am doing a lot of lifting so would hope to increase my muscle mass if I do put on a few pounds. Just trying to find a balance that’s right for me and my mental and physical health.

    I do weigh myself every day though. That’s my check without the logging.

    We'll just call this recomp shall we? Some people aim to do this :wink:
  • lilawolflilawolf Member Posts: 1,645 Member Member Posts: 1,645 Member
    I'd also like to say that, depending on your workouts, that it might not be the scale that matters. I'm THREE sizes smaller at this weight than I was the last time I was here! Last time I started at 172 size 14 and found my ideal at 145 size 6. Now I'm 172 size 8. I have no idea what my goal weight should be. I have goal pants lol. Take photos and measurements because 5 pounds up after a lot of recomp, weight training etc, might be the new good/goal.
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