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Heretic Asks - How to stop logging and keep your goal weight

tpbaehrtpbaehr Member Posts: 12 Member Member Posts: 12 Member
I’m looking for success stories of people who stopped logging and maintained their goal weight.

That could be a heretical question bc so many people do keep logging forever. I mean, obv this community is built around a really great logging app. Now I’m very glad that forever logging works for you if you do that. Seriously, it’s amazing fortitude and dedication.

But I’m a busy dad with a big family. And honestly, I don’t like how logging messes with meal times. I’ve just today finished losing 13kg (29lbs) over 4 months. I did it by logging everything (and exercise). The logging keeps me glued to my phone before, during, and after meals. The fam is half done eating by the time I’ve weighed everything and sat down. If we’re eating a light lunch or supper from a shared pick plate, the whole meal is spent tallying carrots, olives, salami, cheese eaten etc. Any dessert or novel drink and I’m back at the scale.

I don’t want to live like this forever. I gained my weight very slowly over years. I naturally like healthy food, and work/eat from home. My plan is to weigh in daily, guesstimate macros from space on the plate, and only use MFP occasionally if I slide out of my goal range.

But I’m looking for success stories of conscious uncoupling from logging. How did you do it?

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  • pitbullpuppypitbullpuppy Member Posts: 119 Member Member Posts: 119 Member
    I have done it in the past for about 3 years. I maintained within a range that I was happy with and instead of counting calories I ate reasonably and kept a sharp eye on the scale. If I gained a few sustained lbs I'd make an effort to eat less and just boomerang between 117-124 which was fine for me at the time (although my weight while counting calories was 109 which was my goal weight, but the extra lbs weren't bothersome and were a fair trade off to logging, for me).

    For example, I'd eat (guesstimate) 4-5k calories @ Taco Bell and then for the next 2-3 days probably more around 1,200 or so.
    edited June 12
  • fiddletimefiddletime Member Posts: 1,864 Member Member Posts: 1,864 Member
    I find out what my next meal will be and Pre-log it to the best guess I can. It doesn’t take long. Rather than eating 2 carrots and an olive then recording that, I plan to eat 2 carrots and an olive and pre-log it. I’ll toss in the broccoli for free.

    I’ve stopped logging and regained 15 pounds 4 times now. This is fast and takes little time. I’m very busy and time constrained as well, and also don’t want to think about it much. It’s close enough for me and the scale tells me if I’m getting lazy. Good luck and I’ll be interested to hear other success stories (I know, mine wasn’t a success story in the way you meant).
  • pitbullpuppypitbullpuppy Member Posts: 119 Member Member Posts: 119 Member
    fiddletime wrote: »
    I find out what my next meal will be and Pre-log it to the best guess I can. It doesn’t take long. Rather than eating 2 carrots and an olive then recording that, I plan to eat 2 carrots and an olive and pre-log it. I’ll toss in the broccoli for free.

    I’ve stopped logging and regained 15 pounds 4 times now. This is fast and takes little time. I’m very busy and time constrained as well, and also don’t want to think about it much. It’s close enough for me and the scale tells me if I’m getting lazy. Good luck and I’ll be interested to hear other success stories (I know, mine wasn’t a success story in the way you meant).

    this made me unintentionally laugh. 2 carrots and an olive sometimes feels like my total daily allotment.
  • GeneveremfpGeneveremfp Member Posts: 186 Member Member Posts: 186 Member
    I maintained my weight loss for a couple of years with loose logging and keeping an eye on the scale. If I started creeping up again I started logging more accurately. My maintenance logging was not as arduous because I had an idea what calories looked like etc but I personally still needed to keep track. It all went to pot when I became pregnant and went "cool here's an excuse to eat what I want and everyone is literally encouraging me". I've been overweight (probably obese) since I was about 9 - maybe even a bit earlier - so I don't have any intuitive skills. I don't have normal hunger signals. I think if you're in a different boat you might be able to not log and just keep an eye on your weight.
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Member Posts: 769 Member Member Posts: 769 Member
    I didn’t log while in maintenance. I guess I’m very predictable with what I eat. Same or similar stuff day in day out. I don’t eat at restaurants much and know roughly about portion sizes of the things I eat regularly.

    My diet is mainly protein fruits and veggies with a few treats.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 5,372 Member Member Posts: 5,372 Member
    I just check my weight every day. If it gets higher than I like, I might log for a few days to see where I need to cut back. Eventually you kind of get a feel for what your meals look like in maintenance. If you go overboard one day, cut back a little the next.
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Member Posts: 12,916 Member Member Posts: 12,916 Member
    I've been at maintenance for 7 years, haven't logged food hardly at all in around 4 years. I do mentally have an rough idea of my intake each day and my activity level never changes - I maintain within a +/-5lb weight range. I still weigh things like pasta/rice/potatoes and meat but eyeball everything else.
    Occasionally see a little weight creep, but nip that in the bud by cutting out one snack per day until I'm back in my range again.
    Regularly stepping on the scales has been key personally.
    edited June 18
  • KHMcGKHMcG Member Posts: 597 Member Member Posts: 597 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    I haven't logged in about 5 years. Sometimes I do check something in the database for calories, or log one meal, or I've logged just protein in one day. I am able to lose, maintain and gain without logging.
    Once you have calorie awareness it becomes easier to get an idea of your intake over time.

    I weigh myself 5-7x per week and log my trend weight and adjust my intake accordingly. Keep in mind this method requires quite a bit of trial and error and there is a delay in my intake vs the scale so I have to go slow and steady. But for maintenance it is a lot easier to adjust.

    I also use hunger cues (something I would not actually recommend to others but for me I know exactly if I'm in a deficit, maintenance or surplus just based on how hungry I am).

    Some people have to log for the rest of their lives, some people can loosen up. Some people have tricks they use to control their intake. Some people don't have to do anything at all and maintain fairly effortlessly. You have to find what works best for you.

    Yay! Love this. Common sense wins!

    Use MFP to learn which foods you can eat more of and less of. Take note of which ones are protein rich and which are not. Learn to build a balanced plate. Think ahead to plan your day. Breakfast and lunch are lighter for Pizza Friday!

    Spot check with MFP. If you're weight is creeping up, log for a week to recalibrate.

    I'm a father of 4 and agree 100%.
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