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Does anyone still track calories in maintenance?

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  • 425Recess425Recess Member Posts: 82 Member Member Posts: 82 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: 5,658 Member Member Posts: 5,658 Member
    I track on and off...
  • tuckerrjtuckerrj Member Posts: 1,360 Member Member Posts: 1,360 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: 11,703 Member Member Posts: 11,703 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: 3,730 Member Member Posts: 3,730 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: 81 Member Member Posts: 81 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: 6,180 Member Member Posts: 6,180 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: 108 Member Member Posts: 108 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.
  • 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.
  • mylittlerainbowmylittlerainbow Member Posts: 579 Member Member Posts: 579 Member
    I am glad that I am counting calories. Otherwise I could get into real trouble. For instance, tonight for dinner I've scheduled a banana in yogurt with protein powder and some nuts for dinner. Then I thought I'd really love to cut up a Medjool date into that. If I hadn't already logged the calories for the day and seen that I was already at 1350, I would likely have gone ahead and planned to add that, because a date is healthy and what harm could one do to my maintenance? Those little things can creep in and add up, at least for me.
  • glassyoglassyo Member Posts: 4,887 Member Member Posts: 4,887 Member
    People who say something isn't sustainable just make me roll my eyes.

    Why not? What's stopping a person from logging calories forever? MFP goes away? Sorry, mfp, but there are other calorie counting websites out there. You no longer have use of a computer or tablet or your phone? Ever hear of a pencil and paper? You lose both your hands in a freak baking accident? People have been known to have fully functional toes.

    And don't get me started on the people who say you can't eat the same thing every day. 😀

    I'm someone who has to log calories because it's too easy for me to mindlessly eat (which I've been doing a lot of lately) and, if I didn't log, it would easily get even more out of control. This way I have the calorie evidence (more or less...I do a lot of quick add calories) in front of me.
  • teeohkneeteeohknee Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    Tanie98 wrote: »
    I lost weight when i started tracking my food and was able to keep it off for few years because I had a very active job and was going to gym regularly..so i kept losing weight even though i stopping counting calories. I started getting you're getting too skinny comments. I was at my lowest at 115 lbs

    Then I switched jobs and started working with food. I started snacking and tasting food constantly and wasn't exercising as much and i gained some of the weight back. I weigh 134 and trying to get back to 125. So i started tracking again.

    However, I have came across video's on YouTube of people talking about counting calories doesn't work long-term and is not sustainable because we can't count forever to keep the weight off. I find when i stop counting, I get off track and start gaining. That could also i'm not exercising enough

    So does anyone still track on maintenance? Does exercing regularly and watch your diet work to maintain without counting calories?

    Yep! i still track on maintenance but thats cos it works for me and i kind of need to. The answer to your question, its going to be, it DEPENDS on the person. Even tracking my calories for 3 years im just not good at eyeballing my servings and i could either under eat or over eat. Especially now ive switched from a desk job to a warehouse job, its safe to say i need to eat more to maintain my weight (keeping in mind as i have no desire to lose weight).
    Regarding that youtube video you mentioned and why tracking might not be sustainable or longterm for someone its because of the mental challenges, i understand it can somewhat be overwhelming, you may become pedantic and obsessive with tracking every single gram and every single calorie that it may stress them out to quit tracking - but i feel there are alot of factors and variables - is it a very specific diet? are calories too low? are the ratios limiting them to enjoy certain foods? Thats just my take on it.
  • bettisboybettisboy Member, Premium Posts: 20 Member Member, Premium Posts: 20 Member
    I cannot imagine being able to maintain without tracking. If I forget a bite of this or that, no big deal, but I attribute my tracing of 95% of what goes into my mouth to my success. Been maintaining 110 pound loss for about 9 months. Lucky for me I can eat about 2000 calories a day :)
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