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Is it really as simple as keep counting and weighing?

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  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member Posts: 5,763 Member Member Posts: 5,763 Member
    rainbow198 wrote: »
    I've kept off 80 pounds easily for over 7 years.

    For me, planning ahead, writing in my food/exercise journal, being mindful of how many calories I am consuming everyday and staying consistent with this has been the keys to my success.

    Thank you @rainbow198 & congratulations!

    Over the past few months, I have actively been creating & trying ways to answer this question: “How might I make maintenance easy (so I have time for living my life!)?”

    Almost everyone talks about how difficult it is & Harvard’s message of unmovable art point & other medical groups saying it was bad to yo-yo (ie regain) Often kept me from doing something about my weight .

    Nowadays, with all of these tools & folks like you inspiring us, I KNOW many more people are being successful.

    Choose the EASY!!💝
  • sarikyafa7sarikyafa7 Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    Food for Thought
    If it is really as simple to stay on maintenance as keep counting and weighing, journaling, planning, eating healthy, exercising, etc...........
    Why approximately 90% of those who've reached their goal weight, usually gain it all back and more in the first 2-3 years.

    *Of course, those who posted here, are in the 10% of being successful maintaining their goal weight for life.
    Congratulations to you.

    I don't know the answer, but it is probably a complicated matter.
    I've lost 50 pounds in 2004, and next week (on Thursday, July 2nd) I will celebrate 16 years of maintaining my goal weight.
    Please keep doing what works for you the best.
    Food for Thought
    Have a healthy and safe day
  • sofrancessofrances Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member
    sarikyafa7 wrote: »
    Food for Thought
    If it is really as simple to stay on maintenance as keep counting and weighing, journaling, planning, eating healthy, exercising, etc...........
    Why approximately 90% of those who've reached their goal weight, usually gain it all back and more in the first 2-3 years.

    *Of course, those who posted here, are in the 10% of being successful maintaining their goal weight for life.
    Congratulations to you.

    I don't know the answer, but it is probably a complicated matter.
    I've lost 50 pounds in 2004, and next week (on Thursday, July 2nd) I will celebrate 16 years of maintaining my goal weight.
    Please keep doing what works for you the best.
    Food for Thought
    Have a healthy and safe day

    Well, I have lost weight and put it on again in the past, but that was by starving myself (not calorie counting) and then going back to "normal".

    I have never counted properly before, and certainly never counted in maintenence.

    I guess I just have to hope I'm one of the people it continues to work for, since I have no idea what else to do if I'm not. Its working so far, and I feel good, so I guess best to enjoy it, however long it lasts. If my weight loss is just a glorious holiday from reality, well, holidays are meant to be enjoyed, aren't they?
  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 5,134 Member Member Posts: 5,134 Member
    There are probably many reasons. For me, I regained some weight for a combination of a) being undermedicated for my thyroid and feeling not fell and being very hungry and b) being depressed for another reason unrelated, which resulted in snacking too much.
  • GeneralSTpowerGeneralSTpower Member Posts: 15 Member Member Posts: 15 Member
    Tbh, its not rocket science to understand the process behind it. It is pretty much doable, losing weight was the hardest part for my clients,cause thats when they had to reduce their intake significantly. But they do like the maintenance phase theyre in now. The idea is, to make sure that the number of calories burnt, needs to be more than the calories consumed. But the most important thing you need to keep in your mind is to have a healthy mindset, and not a strict one. You will go off balance here and there, adjust, analyse and get back on track, and you will find that it is as easy as you think it is.
  • speyerjspeyerj Member Posts: 690 Member Member Posts: 690 Member
    @sofrances, I'm right where you are. I've just lost 110+ pounds and just started maintenance this week. It's kinda scary. Losing was pretty easy. But like you, I've lost weight before but never actively practiced maintenance. So this is new territory for me too. In the past, I was thrilled that my diet was finally over and I rewarded myself with all the food I'd been depriving myself of previously. Insane now that I think back on it. What the heck did I think was going to happen??

    There is a truism in business which says, "What gets measured gets managed". I am certain it is no different with weight management. So for now, I'm committed to weighing myself every day and plan to continue to track my food for at least a year. Then we will see. At a minimum, I believe I will need to weigh myself at least weekly for the rest of my life to make sure I stay on track. And apply interventions as needed to course correct. But for now, maintenance is no different than dieting, except for the number of calories available to me each day.
    edited June 30
  • heybalesheybales Member Posts: 17,583 Member Member Posts: 17,583 Member
    @speyerj
    Pick the spot where you gain fat first - and measure too.

    The scale isn't the best indicator of fat gain, weight in general which could be water, sure, but not always fat weight.
    Have another measurement to track. Maybe a couple, but waist for many is it.

    That way as you gain water weight (same water weight you lost when first starting diet) - you'll know nothing to fear.

    That way you aren't attempting intervention and course corrections when it's only water weight for many valid and healthy reasons.
  • speyerjspeyerj Member Posts: 690 Member Member Posts: 690 Member
    @Heybales - thanks! I've definitely had my share of water retention battles - gaining or losing up to 4 pounds a day at times. I have a body composition scale, which helps me filter out the noise of water retention, but my waist measurement is also a good lagging indicator as well. The only issue with tape measurements is that it's pretty easy to fool yourself by tugging at it harder to get it down that 1/4 inch you are looking for.
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