I assume you reached maintenance pretty recently? Congrats on your success in getting there. I felt exactly the same way for a while after reaching goal. I was actually a tiny bit worried for a few weeks that I wouldn't be able to eat enough to maintain at all, since my weight kept decreasing slightly each week despite that I felt stuffed if I tried to eat more than I was.
Your body adjusts, don't worry. I figure it's the same as what happens when calories are first cut, in reverse. Most likely if you keep doing what you're doing and eating healthy food in the right amounts (just a little more of it than while losing), you'll feel normal again after a month or two. My own weight has been perfectly stable now for a couple of months, and I feel fine. (Ignore the last week's weight input if you happen to look at it. I've been sick and subsisting on peanut butter sandwiches for a few days. Down two pounds since two weeks ago as a result. Blergh. But that's temporary.)
Try to resist the temptation to resort to unhealthy foods just to fill out your calorie allotment. There's nothing wrong with going slower in increasing calories if the "right" amount for right now feels like too much. It's the same as with baby steps in losing -- in the long run who cares if you wind up 200 calories a day under maintenance for two weeks, then 100 calories under for the next three, then finally on target after that? If that's what you need for your body to feel comfortable with the increase, then do it. It's preferable to encouraging the resumption of a less than healthy lifestyle just to make up some imaginary number on a web page. Keep your real priorities in mind. I doubt that weighing 126 pounds versus 124 pounds is as important as not going back to 170 pounds, right? Take it easy, be good to yourself, and as I said, your mind and body will adjust over time.
Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 10/4/2013 (10:07)
Height 5'8 1/2"
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
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