Anyone Lost Over 30 and kept it off for more than 5 years, who doesn't work in the fitness industry
Yes, I'm 155 pounds down (75kg) since 2016. After all that work, and the skin removal surgery, there's no way in hell I'm backsliding. Librarian by work, so I sit about half a day, walk around half a day. I work out for between 1 to 2 hours every day (no rest days), eat wholefoods, and have never missed a Myfitnesspal calorie count since 2016. It takes discipline. "Suffer the pain of discipline now, or the pain of regret later" as the saying goes.16
In 2006, when I retired from a high-stress job at the age of 62, I was at an all-time high weight of 235. Today I weigh between 173 and 175, and am hoping to get down to 150. I've been overweight all my life, and as I get older, physical activity becomes increasingly difficult. But no, I don't work in the fitness industry. I watch my intake very, very carefully and usually try to keep it around 1200 calories a day. I belong to a TOPS chapter, which helps with accountability and support. (And, if you're new to weight-reduction and maintenance, lots of good ideas. If, however, you've been fighting this battle for decades, you already know the basics.) Believe me, if there were a Magic Pill or a One-Size-Fits-All diet, program, or book, it would be all over the media and your doctor would know about it. Some things that work for one person won't work for another. Keep searching, and don't wait until 5 pounds regained become 25 pounds regained.16
Start weight 198lbs, currently 166lbs.
Was in an IT desk job when I lost weight but retired from full time work 5 years ago.
I'm a high-volume exerciser (especially since retirement gave me a lot more time) but appearance isn't the driving force for that.
Personally, I don't find weight maintenance particularly hard and don't need to log my food intake.
It was losing weight that eluded me for 20 years until I got my head in gear.
I weigh daily to keep an eye on the trend and my one hard rule for maintenance is that if I hit my upper weight limit I take action.
I recommend reading Dr. Phil's 20/20 Diet book. It has changed the way I look at eating and has given me the tools to eat healthy even when I cheat! My weight plateau was 192.1. I thought I would be stuck there forever. I was stuck there for 2 months. Since starting this diet in May I have lost 29 lbs. Only 8 more to go!!!9
Zinka61 Posts: 491 Member30LB loss for 7 years if you don't count small ups and downs in maintenance. Lost it in my 50's, and my main exercise is walking. It's not that unusual here.9
fit4journey Posts: 33 MemberYes. I lost 67 pounds starting 7.5 years ago and ending about 6 years ago. At my worst regain, being when I started MFP this time, I was still 38 pounds lower than my highest weight. I am currently at 44 pounds below.
I work in IT, have a few sedentary hobbies and recently recovered from ankle surgery.4
I have lost over 100lbs in the last few years. Just have to find what works for you and keep working on it. Looking to loose another 50 or 60.5
Got rid of roughly 120 lbs (53 kgs) in 2016 and still manage to stay within my goalweight-zone.
There are times when it is harder to achieve, but it works (for me).
And don't get it wrong: Work it is, and probably always will be ... You don't put off a lifetime (in my case: 55 years) of malnutrition in a few months.10
Yes, I lost 40 Lbs in 2012/2013 and kept it off 8 years until the pandemic hit. I'm an accountant with a desk job, but I'm also an active person outside of that. I'm not so much a "workout" kind of person...just more of an active recreation type person. Ride my bike, mountain bike, kayak, walk my dog, hike, swim, etc. Basically I like to play. My circle of friends are for the most part healthy and fit...most of them do not work in the fitness industry, they just lead active lifestyles and eat healthfully for the most part.
I put on about 20 Lbs through 2020 and 2021when my state was pretty much locked down and I was pretty much stuck at home for 18 months and I'm in the process of losing that now.9
PAV8888 Posts: 12,065 MemberThe most common is to lose and regain within a few months to a year.
Thousands of very stubborn and bright people lose weight. None of them plan to regain. There is, in my opinion, an over-estimation of the relative effectiveness of willpower vs hormones vs habits vs default (learned) behaviours.
So, IMHO, you have to look for answers beyond willpower.
You mentioned fitness industry. Think what it implies. Not the obvious answer of "exercise like crazy". For most people injuries, available time, aging, work, life will make exercise like crazy" a failed plan. BUT, it does imply both ongoing management and ongoing commitment, ongoing effort and ongoing time investment.
Not always at equal amounts. While maintenance for most of us is not fire and forget, it does get easier with time to the point where I would personally call it easy enough for me at this time.
Layered approach with multiple points of engagement and defense has been my approach to date. Multiple behavior and focus changes but gradually, over a considerable length of time. Gradual changes in preferences and default modes of interaction and reaction. Continued awareness. Continued willingness to adapt.
A definition of my "weight loss project" as a lose weight and maintain for at least five years project to begin with, as opposed to thinking of it as a lose weight project. An initial determination to transition from rapid loss to maintenance over a period of YEARS not months. A willingness to manage and counter changes GRADUALLY without over-reactions.
I am classified as very active (over 15K but under 20K steps a day on average during the past 6 years). By deliberate effort.
Yet, I seldom if ever recognizably exercise other than by walking up and down hills (with dog or to make phone calls or to listen to books or to get groceries)
Since 2016-06-06 between 159lbs and 151lbs in terms of weight trend... most of it around 155. Still in the 155 range in late July 2022
I am a year and a half. 5'1. Age 64. Lost 25 pounds. I am now 130.
Weighed 155 for over 15 years (Okay since I got up to 165 and was there for about ten years).4
I took off 60kg (120ish) lbs and am on year 5 of keeping it off I bounce up and down 10lbs or so but never more3
Having been large for most of my life in my late 50's I lost 50 pounds and that was 8 years ago...s0 as an author of 9 books I wrote about it but neither my agent nor publisher were interested...it seems that to sell a weight loss book it has to have a gimmick...so I published on Amazon "The New NO Gimmick Diet"...the secret was eating less, moving more, and learning that it is okay to be a little hungry and learning to ignore all the pressure to eat food that is made to increase your cravings and not your satisfaction. All that being said losing the weight was easier than keeping it off. I still track what I eat and my activity level...the tough part is that as you get older you must eat less because your metabolism slows down...I am not svelte...that was never the goal ...but but I am healthier and much more mobile.7
I listen to the Half-Size Me podcast. Heather Robertson has kept off 170 lbs. for 11-12 years now. She's not in the fitness or appearance industry, just shares her very common sense approach and it has ended the diet drama for me. I am steadily losing and it's not a struggle, and what I'm doing now to lose the weight I can do for the rest of my life to maintain the loss.3
CICO is not what makes you successful at doing CICO.
Effectiveness of CICO and its effect on the body are driven largely by hormones. (as are nearly all bodily functions).
You can just do CICO or you can do it and add other elements to leverage its impact and success.1
Took me about a year to lose 25#, kept it off for 13 years now. It's not quite the 30# you're looking for, but considering I've also been an avid weightlifter during that time and I know I've added muscle, I'm sure the actual fat loss was over 30#. I work at a sedentary desk job, which until recently included midnight shifts where snacking runs rampant just to stay awake. But there are snacks (chips and soda), and there are snacks (red pepper slices, ice water with caffeine pill).2
90 pounds kept off for about 9 years, but for the past 4 I am gaining and losing the same 20 pounds. Probably should say 70 pounds off for 9 years. Food tracking, walking, occasional periods of doing yoga, lazy low carb.3
I lost 120 lbs from 2017-2018. I was 37-38 years old. It's been over 4 years. Sorry not 5! LOL
Maintenance has been rougher than losing by far. A constant struggle. I was overexercising to keep the weight off before I got Covid in 2020. I had lung damage from it, now I cannot work out the way I did before in terms of intensity or time. I put on 20 lbs, and just keep losing and regaining 10 of it. I have had to accept that this is my new normal weight span. Radical acceptance. I also learned how my mental illnesses and neurodivergency create a struggle within me that can result in overeating. I have a motto.... "The work often changes, but never ends!". You cannot become complacent and unmindful once the weight is off.6
Yes. Heaviest weight: 183 lbs. Current weight: 124.2. In fact, this month makes it 10 years since I reached my goal. Up until I found MFP in 2012, I had lost weight but would regain and would try again. Many, many times. I think I owe my Pals (one in particular joined the same month I did all those years ago) a lot of gratitude for being so helpful and encouraging over the years.
Never worked in the fitness industry. I've been retired for a while. I worked mostly in the communication industry.
Not quite there--but I did stop wt gain creep and kept a small handful of pounds off before and through the pandemic via MPF & IF and just all-around-sensible healthy nutrition. Lost my exercise routine during the pandemic, but am putting it back into my weeks.
Also back with MFP adding Lumen measurements to my macro tracking and IF and I have lost another 10lbs since Memorial weekend.
I will need the remainder of year of mirror your success stories. --Congrats to You ALL2
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