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I'm trying the calorie cycling too. Combining that and a regular fitness schedule, I hope to get back into my goal range (5 lbs away) and stay there.
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I liked calorie cycling, and it helped me learn to eat a little more without eating a lot more. Plus it's supposed to keep you metabolism stoked. I found that to be the case. My last five pounds were among the fastest I lost.
Losers Keepers Motivation for Maintenance:
I just barely reached my goal today.. I was in the less than 10lb range for quite awhile! (Prob since around Thanksgiving 2012). My body started to "level off" before I wanted it to. I was maintaining early, I would gain at most 1.5lbs and then drop the same the next week. I was typically up and down between 0.2 - 0.9lbs each week.
I changed my routine for exercise and I think that helped A LOT! It didn't give me instant results, it took another week or two of up and down and then suddenly it all dropped! (I also have outside stress going on right now so I may have dropped some pounds due to stress) but regardless I got here. I don't recommened the outside stress, obviously, but I do recommend changing your fitness routine, try something a little harder. It may not give you results right away, like I mentioned above, but it will give you something!
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I am here as well with 6 pounds to goal. I hate the thought of starting to increase calories before I reach goal......
Make a weight range that you want to stay in. This way a pound up or down isn't going to "break you." You can't stay the exact weight anyway and this gives you a little "wiggle room" mentally.
Keep tracking your eating and exercise. If you continue to lose weight, add 200 calories a day to see if your body levels off. I'd recommend continue to weigh yourself each week, just to make sure that you are in your goal range. Maybe take your measurements to help stay in your maintenance goal, too!
We are never "done" with this journey, but it does get easier.
So I was wondering if there is anything special or different I should be doing at this phase?
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