Monday, August 24, 2009
I was recently asked if I had any tips or advice for another buddy entering maintenance. She has pretty well been maintaining for a month but this really is a day to day program. (Weekly for those who prefer it that way.)
Quite a few entering maintenance still have a bit of weight loss, the average seeming to be up to 2 lbs in a month. (Not going to be my problem I fear.)
From my own experience, and reading a lot of Dean Anderson's blogs and articles, when I increased my protein I found my weight would become stable. When I reduced my protein again and added more fruits and vegetables, my weight started dropping again.
Dean Anderson has suggested making 30% of your calories Protein calories when trying to maintain your weight and from my little experience this seems to be true for weight maintenance.
Personally, I am also checking my Calorie Deficit on a daily basis and for myself I had discovered that if I have a Calorie Deficit over 300 I will lose weight. Under 200 and I will gain weight. So this is just another tool you can use by tracking your Calorie Deficit daily to determine the correct number of calories.
The good news is, if my Calorie Deficit is too low, it gets me off my butt and doing some Cardio!
I hope this helps.