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First, welcome to the group and maintenance. I tend to change it up depending on what's going on that day. Most of the time I spread it out, but sometimes it will be a snack. Now that it gets darker earlier I find that I'm hungrier at night, so I use those calories then.
Try different techniques and see what works for you. Good luck!
Right now I'm in weight-loss mode but typically when I'm in maintenance mode I seem to do pretty good if I eat lower calories during the week and have treats (like eating out, deserts, etc) on the weekend. I have to be very careful, though, because I've been known to take the weekend indulgences too far.
I think it depends on how many calories you have to add. I started out by just adding 200 calories to the evening; but as I found I had to add more and more calories, I needed to spread them around throughout the day. My maintenance level ended up about 50% more calories than I was eating to lose weight, so that was quite a bit of adjustment; and it happened 100 and 200 calories at a time.
Fair warning: During maintenance, I've had to adjust my calories up and down several times. Remembering how I adjusted up and just reversing part of that out has worked well for going down.
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Max Lifetime Weight, 221
SP Start Weight, 196.6
Initial SP Goal, 175
Current Goal on Ticker, 162
Thanks for the tips everyone! Glad to see this is an active SparkTeam. Maintenance is definitely a lot more challenging than one would expect.
What a great question! I had the same problem when I first hit goal, I just lost then gained, etc. Now I eat larger portions for my meals or I eat something with a bit higher calories. Good luck with maintenance!
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I didn't want to do larger portions or add snacks; didn't want to ruin good habits. So I use extra oil in the pan, more peanuts on the noodles, a little Parmesan on the final dish. It all looks the same but it's just a little richer.
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I do a combination as well. Once I found where my calorie average needed to be for the week, I actually scaled them back a bit six days a week so I could have a bigger treat meal on the seventh. My six-day average is only about 200-300 calories above my weight loss levels so I don't have to put a limit on my treat meal day like I did when I was losing. I make adjustments as necessary if I really overdo it that day but find that it's hard for me to eat so much that my more moderate days don't balance things out.
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I had a similar dilemma. I kept losing weight. I wanted to keep a healthy lifestyle and wanted to maintain a healthy diet. It took awhile but it all came down to larger portions. I keep with my same exercise routine and healthy nutrition; all it took was alargerportion. And I continued to log my food daily. Hope this helps
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I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I feel full but skip all high-carb foods (grains, beans, sugars). No calorie-counting required.
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Mine's kind of a cross between incorporating them throughout the day, and adding an additional treat. I've been cooking meals that are a little higher on the calories using full fat ingredients versus light or low fat, so a bit gets added in there, but I also add in a few treats like 2 berry newton cookies with lunch (100cal), one of those fiber one brownies for dessert after dinner (90 cal) and/or a glass of wine (100ish cal) with dinner. This weekend I'm making these little mini cheesecakes that clock in around 115 calories each, so that will be my "treat" for next week.
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I'm relatively new to maintenance (been maintaining for the past couple of weeks.) I've been slowly increasing my calories. I've been wondering how everyone incorporates there new calories when in maintenance mode. Do you spread them out throughout the day? Keep them for night? Have an additional treat during the day?