The easiest way is to change your nutrition plan and your goals. That will give you a better idea of what a maintenance diet looks like. Measure all your servings so that you learn what a single portion looks like.
Do your cardio 3 times a week for 30 minutes, and you strength training 2 times a week also for thirty minutes. Don't do them on the same day. That gives you 5 days of exercise.
Then also do something fun on the weekend that is physical like hiking, ice skating, roller skating, sports, or something that involves a lot of walking like going to the zoo or botanical gardens. That would be your sixth exercise day.
And take the seventh day off to relax.
Keep using your pedometer. Sometimes just wearing it can result in you making better decisions just to keep your steps goal on target.
I would think that if you know you're going to reduce your exercising you should do that first for a week or two while still eating the same and see how it affects you...then you can add calories each week until you find the balance....it can be tricky at first, you may lose a little or gain a bit but it levels out pretty quick. Listen to your body too.
"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"
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SW 193 October 2004
GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005
current weight: 147.0
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Hello! I'm looking for some opinions from seasoned maintainers! I am so used to losing weight, so I'm not sure how to go back to moderation. I've had to do soooo much exercise to get here. I am wondering the best way to do this. Should I cut back on the exercise to a moderate level (I really like my workouts, but they are a WEE bit long and intense to carry on with forever) THEN, start to add back calories little by little?
OR, should I add back calories, THEN slack off on the exercise. I will still do at least 1/2 of cardio evry day, six days a week, and three days of strength training. But, I don't want to exercise more than an hour on any given day. (I've been doing 1 1/2 - 2 hours most days)
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