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  • I don’t watch calories on vacation. I stay really active, usually a lot of swimming and hikes. I enjoy myself. Nothing more disappointing than not being able to try new foods, so I just eat what I want, but don’t pig out or snack at night. I try to stay away from alcohol because that will add to the weight gain. When I get…
  • Losing weight is a long term effort. The purpose is to live a better life. Don’t cut out food groups (been there done that) or it will make you obsess over those foods. How much weight do you need to lose? What are your stats? How much exercise do you do and what is your daily calorie goal? How often are these…
  • I understand..that’s why people give up. If you stick to it and cut back just a bit, week by week the weight loss will average out over a months time. I go for just 4 lbs a month. I’m 5’8” and exercise 1 hour most a days (walking and swimming), so I can eat a good amount and still lose weight (1600-1900 a day). Some weeks…
  • 1) make sure your deficit isn’t too high; 500-700 calories is all I can tolerate. 2) get plenty of rest, I confuse being tired with hunger, so to feel more energy I think I need to eat. If I can, I take a nap or go to bed early 3) add a maintenance day every 3 or 4 weeks, I think your body needs it. I don’t usually plan…
  • Not sure what advice you want, but weight loss happens when you eat less than you burn. It takes 3500 calorie deficit a week to lose 1 lb. If you don’t want to eat less or count calories, try moving more to burn more calories with natural activity. Like park far away and walk to the entrance of the store. Spread walking…
  • I understand how hard it is to get motivated. You have to want it. It’s hard work. The big thing for me is to take it one day at a time. Here are some other things I recommend: 1) Stop telling yourself you will “start tomorrow” when you get hungry the first day. 2) set small goals. I tell myself “by my anniversary I will…
  • You can do it again. You know how. Just be patient, it may take some time. I agree that small goals are the best. Go for an average of 1 lb a week. It may be you lose nothing one week and you did everything right, but the next week you drop two pounds. It will come off if you keep at it. I’ve done the yo yo thing since I…
  • What I hate about being overweight is feeling invisible, unlovable and unworthy. I avoid social situations. Won’t travel to see family or go to parties. I also hate clothes and find no joy in dressing up. I avoid looking in the mirror. Even after I lose weight I avoid the mirror and when I catch my reflection, I’m amazed I…
  • 1) Don’t buy junk for after school snacks. Prepare healthy snacks that have enough protein to fill him up. I remember coming home starving from school and the snacks were boxes of Little Debbie Snack Cakes and chips. If mom prepared something healthy that would have helped a lot. 2) make sure dinner is enough for a growing…
  • Just live one day at a time and log and weigh your food and weigh every day. Don’t lie on the log about what you are eating and don’t skip weighing yourself. All the data will tell you, that you are eating maintenance and you will not gain it back. It takes some time after losing a lot of weight to feel normal. I’m 8…
  • Yea he is over reacting. I’ve been chubby, overweight or obese all my life. All of us got made fun of. I’m finally normal weight. I know when I become obese. It’s not a surprise to hear it. If my husband said “you really need to lose weight” (which he did a few times but not in a mean way) it hurt, but I would know he is…
  • I get it and feel the same. Look at before and after pictures and you will realize the difference.
  • It’s more about the weight you want to maintain than it is your height. Higher weight = more calories. Taller means you will weigh more and be at a normal BMI. I haven’t figured out my maintenance calories for sure but I think I can maintain around 2100 for 158 lbs at 5’8”. I exercise moderately most everyday for about 1…
  • Yes! I’ve lost 75 lbs. Most of the time I don’t feel a lot different emotionally so I’m always surprised when people are nice to me. Doors held open, elevator held, chit chat with a stranger, sales clerks in clothing stores ask if I need help when I’m not even looking for help. I don’t have more confidence and am not…
  • I’m the same. I’ve lost 75 lbs caused by night time over snacking. I am going to be very stubborn about gaining it back. Some things I do 1) leave about 150-250 calories for a dessert after dinner. It could be cereal or an ice cream bar, or some yogurt with berries and a couple of tablespoons of granola 2) if that’s eaten…
  • Thank you for posting. I’ve been in miaintenance for 6 months after losing around 35% of my weight. It’s a daily fight to maintain. I’m doing all the things he lists, so it makes me hopeful I won’t gain it all back again!
  • Since I’m always a little hungry or very hungry I have to log, if I didn’t I would gain the 75 lbs back. My hormones think I’m starving and constantly encourage me to eat to gain that weight back. Some days it’s not that hard to eat only my maintenance calories and other days it’s very, very hard. The only thing I can do…
  • I think you either have eating “rules” like no snacks, no dairy, no desserts, no meat, low carb, run 5 miles a day, etc or you log to keep the calories in check. I prefer to log and eat the foods I like. It’s a lot more stressful to have rules about what I can and can’t eat than it is to log everyday. I also take vacation…
  • I’ve lost over 70 lbs. I’ve maintained my loss since April 1, 2018. Some days I’m really hungry, even in maintenance, but most days I’m so happy I’m not fat anymore. I didn’t ever get to “miserable” when losing the weight or maintaining the weight. You can’t do extreme changes, but you do have to count your calories to eat…
  • Just 2-3 lbs in a day after a special occasion meal. I don’t binge eat anymore. I can gain 6 lbs after a week vacation. I hate having to cut calories after overeating, so I make sure it’s not too often or too much. I don’t want to get into a cycle of binging and restricting.
  • I would suggest strongly to stop worrying about what you think other people think about you. It will rob you of your joy and make you miserable and at worse paranoid. Honestly most people are more concerned about themselves, not others. If someone makes a comment about what you eat, just blow it off and move on. Pretend it…
  • My dinner was Cheez ITs and Peanut M&Ms because I’m stuck at work and so hungry for dinner with only a vending machine for options. I still have 218 more calories I can enjoy and be in a deficit. I’m not even hungry for them. No reason to blow off my entire day because I had to eat junk for dinner. I can still lose weight…
  • 51 here and lost 75 in over a year. I’ve been in maintenance since April 1. Lost about 5 lbs since I started maintenance. I wanted to lose some more when I went to maintenance but having a significant deficit to lose .5 to 1 lb a week was too hard, so now I just leave a few calories if I’m not hungry. I also have a nice…
  • We all lose in different locations. I lose fast on the pant size and have no butt now. I shrunk a lot slower on my top. I was wearing XL and still wear a lot of L after 70 lbs. The last 5 lbs have made a difference in my top/dress size. The larges are finally getting loser and I probably could wear a medium. I was having a…
  • I’ve lost 75 lbs. I couldn’t wait until I was done to buy new clothes. It took over a year to lose the weight. I went from 16/18 pant to a 6/8 and size 18 dress to a size 10. I bought some essentials on sale, but didn’t buy a whole new wardrobe. I looked at it as a reward for my hard work. I also think buying new clothes…
  • Take it as it comes. It will settle down. Maybe start going out for a nice meal on the weekend and it will take care of the deficit during the week. I started maintenance 4 months ago and have lost 5 lbs and that time included a very fattening cruise in June. I wanted to lose 5 more lbs, but it was getting too hard to be…
  • I’m happy to hear this. My upper thighs have very loose, thin skin with no fat under. I’ve lost 72 lbs and am hoping to see my skinny legs not look so flabby. It’s a bummer to have slim legs that are so deflated looking, but I will take that over being over inflated. Lol
  • You said you were doing low carb and then you said you were counting calories. Did you change from eating very few carbs to eating more and still eating few calories? I’ve done low carb (Atkins) many times. I would lose a lot of weight but as soon as I ate more carbs the weight would come back very very fast.
  • Did you do a stress test? That will show changes to your heart when not just sitting.
  • Just see how maintenance feels for a month or two. If you want to try to lose a little more, you can still do it. What does it matter what the scale says? As long as you feel great and are at a healthy weight. Just enjoy your life. That’s what’s important.
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