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MELO1968 SparkPoints: (297)
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3/15/12 8:32 P

I purposely chose a higher goal weight because I knew that I would not stick with any plan that made living my daily life too difficult. So, even though I'm only 5 ft 3, my initial goal weight was 145. Because I was not weighing myself during my weight loss phase, I actually went below that goal weight before I knew it. After several months of losing, I decided to weigh myself. I expected to see at least 155, but I really weighed just 140. So, I started on what I thought would be maintenance calories. Experimenting with that got me down to 135-137 (most recently, I'm at the higher end of that). Since I can eat a lot more calories than I anticipated I would be able to, I'm staying at the 135-37 weight. Even though that weight doesn't seem low for someone my height., for me, it's actually as low as I want to go. At my age, I tend to look gaunt and really thin at that weight (I've been told by my friends and family that I need to stop losing). So, that goes to show you that everyone's body is different.

I would definitely suggest that you shoot for a reasonable (not skinny) goal weight. It will be easier to maintain.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,036
3/15/12 4:47 P

this is what i think of when i hear set point. that there is a little sweet spot for everyone where their size, their frame, their food preferences, and their activity sort of balance out naturally. now where that little sweet spot is depends on a lot of things. when you say lower weight, it really depends on all of those factors. if you want to maintain at 100lbs, the first question would be how tall are you. because if you're 6' tall, you're going to have a hell of a time maintaining a 100lb body. if you're 5' tall and have a small frame, that's an entirely reasonable goal. if you have girls a, b and c and they are all 5'6" tall [with a having a small frame, b having a medium frame and c having a large frame] they all could be very happy tending toward different weights. a might be just fine about 120, b might be fine at 135 and c might do dandily at 150. but if c tried to maintain at 120lbs, she might have a problem, just like a would trying to maintain at 135lbs.
it's all about the frame you were born with and the habits you have picked up along the way [both food and exercise/movement]. if you lose weight by denying yourself the things you love and not picking up new habits as you go, you'll have a hard time maintaining because the habits you have balance you out at a much higher [and gaining] weight. if you take the time and find ways to make the things that you love better for you and actually change your habits it can be much easier to make that transition to maintenance. yes, you're always going to have to be somewhat vigilant. but if you change enough as you're losing it makes it easier after.

DIBRN5 SparkPoints: (6,202)
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3/15/12 3:49 P

I agree. I am still striving for my goal wt.

NILBOGGER SparkPoints: (19,431)
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3/15/12 3:43 P

The less you weigh, the fewer calories your body needs to function and the fewer calories you burn when you exercise. So, yes, if your weight is lower it will be more difficult to maintain.

ROSIERUTHIE SparkPoints: (6,169)
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3/15/12 3:09 P

Hi,

I have a question. I am close to my first goal weight. It had me thinking about what I want my ultimate goal to be. From what I have started to research, maintenance is going to be just as tough. I read that the body naturally tends to try to gain the weight back. I would love to be super skinny, but my main goal is to be in a healthy BMI range. I have been seeing lots of people taller than me planning to loose 15 pounds more than me. So my question is: Is the lower weight you strive for mean that it will be harder to maintain? Thoughts?

Thanks!

Ruthie

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