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LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
1/10/14 6:32 P

I have a suspicion that the best way to find out will be to track your caloric intake very carefully over time and notice trends and patterns. You're best equipped to analyze these, really, and if you're consistent, you'll find the particular answer which pertains best to you, your activity level, and your body.

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1/10/14 6:27 P

Sounds like it's a good place to begin with.

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1/10/14 3:23 P

I don't know the answer to your question, but I think you will find that it doesn't matter in the long run. What I mean by that is, as you lose weight and get more fit, the exercise you are doing now will burn fewer calories so you will have to increase what you're doing to find the same balance. BUT, you will most likely WANT to do more/different exercises that will require a whole new balance of fuel (calories). I've never met a newly fit person who didn't want to explore all the things their new body could do! Maybe you will start lifting, which requires a different number of calories and balance of macros than if you were to start running marathons. There are just so many variables, but you will learn through experience what is right for each new challenge.

I suppose there is a *right* answer to your question if your long-term plan was to do the same workouts and eat the same number of calories, but what fun is that?! :)

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1/10/14 2:30 P

Eh--sort of, maybe. Its actually a bit complicated.

You might want to read up on hypothalmic set points.

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EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
1/10/14 10:04 A

I have had numerous periods of maintenance as I gradually lowered my weight over the past couple of decades and I also believe in doing pretty much the same weighing, measuring and tracking my body weight and calorie intake and expenditure. The weight, in my case, has always stabilized.

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1/10/14 12:54 A

I'm no expert on this, but I have been maintaining for the past 3 years.

I have read numerous posts from members who are starting to maintain and having a difficult time finding the 'magic' calorie range. What I found works for me is to keep weighing all my food and entering it all into the Nutrition Tracker. I discovered a long time ago when I was still in the losing stage, where my cut-off points were for losing, maintaining and gaining. I basically do the same amount of exercise all the time so that wasn't a factor.

IF you want to spend the (brief) time doing as I do and entering it all into a Spread Sheet, you will be able to find where your cut-off points are. A lot of people when they transition from weight-loss to maintenance find it very difficult to get it right. Fortunately for me, because there is an 'average' function in the spread sheet, I just moved from one to the other with no hiccups at all.

I hope that this has helped you some.

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1/9/14 10:30 P

Interesting question.

I think you have made a healthy decision, life is more than a number on a scale. I think that good nutrition and keeping track of your caloric intake indicates a healthier attitude then being a certain size or weight. But, I do think having a range of where you want to be is also good. For example, a goal to have a BMI in the normal range. (yes, I know BMI isn't perfect).

So, once your body adapts to a healthy caloric intake, good nutrition and regular exercise will you quit losing?

Everything we read says anytime you have a calorie deficit you will lose weight. So if your BMR says you need 2000 calories and you exercise for 500 calories you have a 2500 calorie deficit. If you eat 2200 calories you will have a 300 calorie deficit so will lose 1 pound approx. every 10 days.

I think that there are other variables at work. Metabolism, age, muscle percentage/body composition etc. According to the literature, if you lose weight, work out, build muscle etc your BMR should increase and you should be able to eat more without gaining weight.

I tired this. I lost weight eating 1500 calories a day. Now at goal, supposedly my BMR says I can have 1900 - 2600 calories a day because of my work outs etc. That was too much for me, I started gaining weight. I can eat 1500 to 1700 calories a day and be okay.

Most of us here on Spark have found that we don't lose weight when we don't eat enough. So we make it a point to eat at least the minimum of target range.

I guess that was the long way around to saying that I don't think you will continue to lose weight once you reach your goal. I think you will stop losing if you don't eat enough and I think you will also stop losing if you eat too much. I think that as you reach your goal you will need to experiment to see what calorie range continues to work for you based on your lifestyle.

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1/9/14 8:54 P

Well I came to the same conclusion after getting my BMR done a few years ago. I eat according to the percentages I need for training, or for resting etc. I made a spreadsheet of al the types of food fall under each category ie. protein, grains etc. Basically not a diet just a way of life now. What I found was I did loose weight to where it was pretty much standard for my body, my age, types of training I do etc. So the clothes I have fit and now I hop on the scale only if I really am curious. I take measurements every week though.

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,883
1/9/14 8:35 P

I'm not a medical professional...but everybody is different and your food choices and metabolism will affect the result. The way to find your optimum balance is to track what your eating, and exercising and monitor the results. Anything that gives you feedback (weight, medical numbers,measurement, energy, endurance, heart rate, etc) will tell you how you are doing. And they have done studies that find an overweight person who loses a good amount of weight may end up requiring Less calories to maintain their normal weight, than a person who has never had a weight issue. (as stated in the documentary THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION)

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1/9/14 8:24 P

My apologies if this sounds weird lol. What I mean is, I have kind of decided instead of choosing a specific number on the scale, I'm going to just make eating right and exercising a life long habit. I feel better about that vs making myself think I only have a certain amount of time to get to a certain weight. Will my body stop losing weight once it feels it is at it's optimal health? I'm exercising 30 mins 5 times a week and eating between 2,000-2,300 calories a day. I am just unsure if once I get to my goal weight, will I need to eat more so I don't lose any more weight? Or will my body eventually stop losing weight on it's own once my BMR levels out to my daily intake/expenditure? Again I'm sorry if this sounds confused haha but thank you for anyone who can help.

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