You lost weight & have maintained it. Did you focus on healthier foods or just restrict calories????

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  • J72FIT
    J72FIT Posts: 5,932 Member
    NVintage wrote: »
    I know exercise is a huge part of maintaining weight loss, but how have you had to change your diet? Do you eat less the same foods or did you focus on eating healthier, more nutritious foods?

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  • dwayneb2020
    dwayneb2020 Posts: 17 Member
    edited July 2021
    Yes it's routine and boring but have always been an advocate of moderation in everything. I just make sure I have a diet that is varied and includes a fair share of fresh vegetables and fruits. Moderate portions. But also a fair share of carbs, and a modest number of sugary treats. Eat out (or takeout) one meal a week or so.

    I tracked calories for so long (years) here on FitnessPal during weight loss that I can estimate the calories of any meal without looking anything up or logging. Every once in awhile I will tally the actual calories and it's always 1800 - 2000, and that intake has maintained weight for a couple of years now.
  • mjglantz
    mjglantz Posts: 449 Member
    Over the time I was losing weight my diet changed (not on a diet...just changed the way I eat) to focus on more of a plant-based way of eating. Now I eat pretty much the way I have for over 7 years which is pretty healthy for about 80% of my meals/snacks. Except for some health reasons, no food is off limits although many are moderated. Still track my food every day because it works; basically second nature now.
  • nxd10
    nxd10 Posts: 4,556 Member
    I always ate healthy. I snacked in smaller portions. I upped my daily exercise.
  • greylover31
    greylover31 Posts: 2 Member
    For me, nothing is off limits. It’s about portion control and calorie restriction when necessary. I have come to love many vegetarian meals and eat lots of fruit! Caloric density is a measure I try to use which I learned during my year using Noom. I definitely treat myself WAY less than I used to but don’t remove any food I love just because it’s not “healthy”. I do not exercise obsessively. Walking as many steps as possible each day is my focus.
  • csplatt
    csplatt Posts: 579 Member
    to me these go hand in hand because if i don’t focus on healthy foods, my calorie allotment is used up more quickly each day. so i keep counting calories just upping to maintenance
  • wunderkindking
    wunderkindking Posts: 1,607 Member
    Oh, hey, I am now maintaining it rather than still trying to lose a bit more. That's going well and, yeah, my diet is better than obese, but I'm sitting here eating a chocolate chip cookie today and ate cheese cake yesterday and Arby's Tuesday so I'd say definitely just calories for me.

  • 7sorok
    7sorok Posts: 108 Member
    I've been always eating healthy during the day, but evenings - that's another story. I'm a sweets addict and like any other addict have to use my willpower to stay away from them. I can't eat 1 healthy sweet snack in the evening (cakes, cookies, candies) - I will eat them all. So I have to stay away from them completely. But, I have my own snacks that are very satisfying for me - a piece of dark chocolate and a toasted carb balance tortilla every evening. I can have this every evening for month at the time and not get sick of it, but like every addict I go into binging faze once in a while and then, I'm putting on pounds.

    BTW, I keep my intake at 1200 cal - can't have more - I'm very short. Right now I'm coming off my binging, thank G-d, and I feel great and positive.
  • azuki
    azuki Posts: 38 Member
    edited August 2021
    i just eat whatever i want to eat at 1800 range (leaning more on non processed foods) no exercise unless i feel like it. been doing this for yrs, still 111lb 7%bf 5’4’’. dugg burger is amazing btw