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Should I stay at a deficit until upcoming vacation?

Jubee13Jubee13 Member Posts: 131 Member Member Posts: 131 Member
I recently reached my goal weight. I feel more than ready (mentally) to start adding back calories until I reach maintenance. However, I’m going on vacation in a few weeks, and I’m wondering if it would be best to stay at a deficit. One thing to keep in mind, I am petite and older, so I stay at 1,200 calories even with quite a bit of activity, to lose. That isn’t easy, and I’m weary of being hungry a lot. So, those who have been maintaining awhile, what would you do in my position? TIA

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  • SnifterPugSnifterPug Member Posts: 633 Member Member Posts: 633 Member
    I'd start cautiously adding back. If you get any weird fluctuations you can mentally (and physically) deal with them rather than all hell breaking loose on your vacation when you will want to have some treats, I'm sure.
  • Jubee13Jubee13 Member Posts: 131 Member Member Posts: 131 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    I'd start cautiously adding back. If you get any weird fluctuations you can mentally (and physically) deal with them rather than all hell breaking loose on your vacation when you will want to have some treats, I'm sure.

    You’re right. I can definitely see that happening!
  • mylittlerainbowmylittlerainbow Member Posts: 766 Member Member Posts: 766 Member
    I'm also petite and older, and I find that I can maintain on just short of 1400 calories per day. Makes a difference!

    As for your original question, I agree with maintaining a deficit until you go on vacation so that you won't worry as much about any overindulging. I have done that before two trips now - got a cushion of 2-3 pounds below the bottom of my range in each case and was grateful I'd done that. So much of the food was not my usual and not as easily estimated/logged, so I didn't feel as accountable and it was a comfort to know I had prepared.
  • psychod787psychod787 Member, Premium Posts: 4,017 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,017 Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    "That isn’t easy, and I’m weary of being hungry a lot. "

    That one sentence suggests you should continue to add calories to find your maintenance level.
    You might get a pleasant surprise that you can maintain on a higher level than the simple maths of your recent weight loss may suggest.

    I agree with this. I would also add, if there is a chance that you will go into a surplus, I would be remiss if I did not recommend a progressive overload strength training. That way, there will be better nutrient partitioning of those excess calories. Fun note, resistance training appears to boost "metabolism". will provide reff if required.
  • Beverly2HansenBeverly2Hansen Member Posts: 335 Member Member Posts: 335 Member
    If it was me I'd stay on the deficit only because when I went to Vagas in 2017 I was unable to log my food. Let's just say I ate like it was a feast and got drunk as a skunk for 5days. I regret nothing but I would've done better losing 5lbs before putting it back on. There's really no wrong answer here. Adding back and waiting are both very acceptable decisions.
  • richardgavelrichardgavel Member Posts: 970 Member Member Posts: 970 Member
    I would say it's reasonable to try and eat at maintenance on a vacation. The one catch is do you feel confident that you will be able to go back to deficit once you get back.
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