I don't track anymore unless I start to creep up over my goal range. I did track after I hit maintenance for a few months, it will give you an idea of how much you can eat to stay in your range. The cycling should work in maintenance similarly to how it works in losing, just a higher range of calories. I think that is good for your metabolism anyway.
If you want to wean off tracking after a while, you may try not tracking during the week or on the weekend (whichever is easier for you to eat on a regular schedule w/out too many temptations). I found it was easy to not track during the week, since I tend to eat the same types of breakfasts and lunches at work, and have a pretty set routine. The hardest part was avoiding the candy dishes, knowing I wasn't going to have to enter those calories. Just remember, if you aren't tracking you still have to stick w/ the healthy habits and not go overboard on a regular basis.
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When I said that I added 300 calories to my intake, that was per day. When I was losing, I was eating about 1200 to 1500 calories per day. Now I eat about 1500 to 1700 calories per day. Then about once a week, I eat whatever I want. I must admit, I still will binge a bit on those days and eat over 3000 calories.
current weight: 184.1
Fitness Minutes: (78,211) Posts: 3,020 11/22/07 7:08 P
Thank you all for your replies -- one question for you, those of you that have been maintaining for awhile, do you still track your cals? I guess I would eventually like to get to a point to where I can get away from that and just eat, you know, normally! Make sense? Also, a couple of you mentioned that you slowly added a couple hundred extra calories in at a time, was that per week or per day? Maybe a dumb question, but I don't want to mistake the information. Thanks for your help!!!!
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current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (62,793) Posts: 2,478 11/22/07 9:27 A
I'm coming up on my one-year maintenance anniversary, and it can be done! Adjust your goals on SP, and keep using the food tracker for the next while. You'll want to keep a close eye on your calorie range and what works for you and your lifestyle.
Congrats on reaching your goal! Maintenance can be tough, but it's absolutely doable.
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Hello, I'm pretty new to this maintenance too, and I did as L.I.L.MOMMY suggested and found that SP recommended a calorie range about 700 more than I had been eating. I was a little too afraid to consume that many, so I decided to up my intake to about 300 calories more than when I was losing. That way it leaves me some wiggle room for eating bigger meals and more snacks on the weekends. I kept up my exercise program, and even added more muscle toning, as I have some flabbiness to contend with...Goes with the territory when you are in your mid 50's though...ha ha. I've been maintaining for about 6 weeks now and I'm still tweaking.
current weight: 184.1
Fitness Minutes: (20,401) Posts: 9,318 11/22/07 5:10 A
First I would suggest going into your spark goals and adjusting your weight to maintainence and updating your calories/exercise expenditure to what you plan on doing/or are currently doing. If you're like the rest of us you'll probably see a huge jump in calories you can consume.....add them slowly use this time as a final tweaking of the program until you find your personal balance.
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Pounds lost: 63.6
Fitness Minutes: (88,237) Posts: 15,046 11/21/07 11:51 P
Hey team -- I am so happy to be joining you! I am dreading the holiday because I have decided to go to maintenance mode and I don't know where to go, where to start, how many calories I should be eating and how much I should be exercising. Anyone out there have any answers for my questions????
I guess I am terrified of gaining weight back. I have worked very hard and diligently to lose this weight and it has taken me a while to get it off. I guess some information would be helpful at this time. Currently, I am cycling my calories (or at least I was when I decided to switch to maintenance mode) and eat 1375 on my low days and 1675 on my high days. I exercise 6 days a week and don't want to give that up. I am just wondering what others do for exercise and caloric intake. I saw that SP had some articles on maintaining weight so I plan on reading up on them tonight and might have some of my questions answered there.
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