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Does anyone still track calories in maintenance?

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  • 425Recess425Recess Member Posts: 76 Member Member Posts: 76 Member
    @Mithridites - I would have said the same thing if you didn't say it first. Totally agree. I have occasionally skip counting for a day or two. Then again, I have missed brushing my teeth a couple of times too. 😊
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,609 Member Member Posts: 5,609 Member
    I track on and off...
  • tuckerrjtuckerrj Member Posts: 1,355 Member Member Posts: 1,355 Member
    I do. I used to fight it, but now it's become second nature. When I stop logging, I overeat. The end.

    EGG-ZACKLY!
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 8,108 Member Member Posts: 8,108 Member
    Ayup. The first time, I ate it all back. Got too big for my britches when I started flying the seat of my pants. Huge mistake. It took me 2.5 years to get back to where I was. Been maintaining 1.7 years now. I won't ever let that happen again because it marshed every mellow. It's far more difficult the 2nd time around. With every passing day and year the ground grows colder. Count me in that number that will always track.
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Member Posts: 3,686 Member Member Posts: 3,686 Member
    I've been tracking cals and weighing myself daily for over 5 yrs in maintenance and, while others claim that they don't need to fo this, I do not believe that I can maintain my weight without continuing to do so for as long as I want to maintain my weight w/in my desired wt range.
  • globalc00globalc00 Member Posts: 59 Member Member Posts: 59 Member
    I think everyone tracks. It's just whether it is actually recorded in an app or in their mind. How much time and effort it takes depends on your eating habits.

    For example, if you eat the same thing every day, then you don't really need to track once you figure out how many calories that 1 day is. You can choose to add it to apps such as mfp just for record keeping by taking 1 minute to swipe right and copy yesterday, but it's not needed since you already know the calories. If you choose to have an extra snack or change a small items, then it's easy enough to do that math in your head without having to enter it into an app.

    On the flip side, if you are one that likes to have something different 365 days out of the year for every meal, then you might need tools to help you track.

    If your someone that is somewhere in the middle where your lunch and breakfast is the same, and dinner varies a little, then you would know how much calories your dinner can be and eat according or burn off cardio accordingly.

    Your avg weights at the end of the week/month will let you know if what your doing is working or not.
  • nxd10nxd10 Member, Premium Posts: 4,529 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,529 Member
    I am just going to start a new thread. But I logged every single thing I ate for 8 years. I just take a break from logging last week. But I expect I will start again in a month or so.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,120 Member Member Posts: 6,120 Member


    I have been in maitenance for nearly 7 years.

    My answer is yes, I have continued tracking and logging - but my logging is looser now (and that's saying something, since it wasnt even that tight in weight loss phase)

    Also I take short breaks from it, on vacation or suchlike, when it is too hard to be even approximately accurate, and then start up again when I get home.

    somebody upthread made the oft used comparison to cleaning your teeth.

    I dont think it is quite like that - since cleaning teeth is something we all do (I hope!)and not something anyone considers optional or that dental hygiene would work without doing so.

    I think it is more like using a shopping list - some people use one forever, others stop once they can do all their shopping successfully without one

    and using that analogy - Ive gone from writing skim milk, xyz brand, 600ml, 3 cartons, top shelf of fridge aisle - to 'milk x3'.
    I still use the list but forgo all the unneccesary (to me) detail.
  • awnurmarcawnurmarc Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    In response to original post:

    It is unrealistic to track every single meal every day (or it is too high a social cost) but...

    There is nothing unsustainable about tracking your food most days and tracking your weight every day so you know when you need to reduce or increase calories.

    Smart phones, food scales, and labeling systems (even if their accuracy could be better) make it easy for us.

    For me, trying to maintain weight without these tools is unrealistic and unsustainable.
  • The_EnginerdThe_Enginerd Member Posts: 3,894 Member Member Posts: 3,894 Member
    I've been logging everything I eat for... oh dear... I'm closing in on a decade! I log similarly to janejellyroll, using my food scale when at home and estimating when out. Sometimes, I'll just take some photos or some quick notes to input estimates when I'm out or at an event.
  • CodefoxCodefox Member, Premium Posts: 307 Member Member, Premium Posts: 307 Member
    I have not logged food daily for many years. I achieved my goal almost 8 years ago and I've found that my activity level as well as my food choices have remained fairly consistent. I'm actually at my lowest weight since high school which was over 20 years ago. Very occassionally I still will log food. I mostly use the recipe creator to see what the meals I make come out to since logging by ingredient is time consuming.

    Given that I weigh myself frequently and see little variation in my weight, there doesn't seem to be a real need to log food anymore. Logging for years taught me a lot about what I eat and what moderation looks like.
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