Well not everyone in a position to *know* better, really DOES know better. sigh. Spark is an excellent source of REAL information.
I think when we gain the weight back (no matter how we lost it), it's because we slide back into our old habits. They say it takes 3 weeks to form a new habit, but I don't know.... those old bad habits are like the broken down shoes in the back of the closet-- always there, always waiting for us to slip them back on. Because they are so darned comfortable.
I know after I hit maintenance, at first I did fine. And then a bunch of stuff happened, and it was easy to skip tracking my food. To overdo it at a birthday or other celebration. To let one bad day become a week. To be too busy to exercise. Fortunately, I had gotten rid of all my "fat" clothes and nipped the gain in the bud.
And it helps a great deal, to have goals that have nothing to do with the scale. For example, to be able to actually jog a mile. Or take the stairs at work without needing paramedics when you reach the top. (Don't laugh! One of my original goals when I first got serious about this, was to make it to the top of the hill to the parking lot at work, without feeling like I needed paramedics with oxygen at the top.) If your cholesterol is high or blood sugar is high or blood pressure is high, a goal could be to lower your numbers. Because it really is NOT just about the number on the scale. I could be a "healthy" BMI but not really be healthy, unless I was doing some cardio and strength training.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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