I agree with nancyjac - I reached my initial goal in February 2005, went to "Phase 3" of SB (really just healthy eating with extra "treats") and lost an additional 3 pounds in the next 2 months. Been there ever since. Your body will level out where it wants to ....
Continuing to lose a few more pounds when you first reach your goal weight is pretty common. By changing your eating and exercise habits you have retrained your body and that is a good thing. Eventually it will level out. It is no different from those times we hit a stall in out weight loss for a week or few.
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It really is an ongoing struggle. I maintained my weight for about 10 months without tracking. However, whenever i'd have too many evening snacks, I'd start worrying that I was going to gain weight. A couple months ago, I decided to start tracking again. I realized that even when I was 'eating too much', I was still eating at the low end of my maintenance range. I've continued tracking for the last while as I like knowing how many calories I'm getting each day, as well as my carb/protein/fat ratios.
I guess it is better than last time I tried to 'maintain' a few years ago, and just stopped thinking about it - I gained 10 pounds in about 6 months.
Thank you so much for the tips. I have found that when I lift I am a whole heck of a lot hungrier! I haven't been able to get to the gym in a couple weeks, but I have been exercising. Going back tomorrow, so hopefully that will help me out some.
I need to get a new protein powder.. the one I have has way too much calcium, and it's posing a problem. Must read labels next time! Thank you for the list of brands :)
Edited by: POXYFAIRYPLUME at: 4/2/2009 (03:33)
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I find that I am at or close to going over my range. I have started Body Building...literally, and my hunger level is through the roof! 2000 calories is gone in no time for me.
What I can suggest that will be both healthful and full of all sorts of things that you need, including calories...Protein Shakes. You can buy premade ones with up to 350 calories/50 grams protein. I do want to caution you though that unless you have "sticky blood" a genetic disorder, your body, any one's body for that matter, can only use and digest up to about 30-35 grams per intake, every 2.5 to 4 hours. Anything more than that and it will be eliminated from the body through your urine. Those of us with sticky blood can consume 60+ grams per meal/snack and actually absorb all of the protein with little to no waste.
I like making my own shakes when calories permit. I take a scoop of vanilla protein powder (110 to 150 calories for the brands I use), put in a single serving container of any flavor yogurt, pina colada is great, add some fruit like pineapple, a splash or 2 of coconut milk, some flax seed and I'm all good to go! I get bwt 30 and 60 grams of protein, healthy carbs, fiber, omega 3s, and all for 200-300 calories.
Frozen fruit is amazing in shakes as it takes the place of ice cubes, thickens the shake, and it makes it REALLY cold. Add water to thin the shake to your desired level.
The following brands I use:
* Jay Robb (completely clean and natural) * ISOPURE Whey Protein Isolate * Gold Standard Pro-Complex (a blend of different proteins including Casein w/ an amazing amino profile) * EAS * Gold Standard Pure Casein which is used as a meal replacement or overnight drink ONLY! Casein is a slow metabolising protein that can take 4-7 hours to completely breakdown. It is not good to use Pure Casein for after workouts unless it's your meal and you combine it with a faster digesting protein like Whey/Egg and simple carbs like fruit.
Edited by: MRSPRINCESS07 at: 4/1/2009 (21:44)
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I still track all my food, somedays it is harder than others, but I still plan ahead and calculate what I am eating, Add in something there, take out somethin here, I know it is time consuming, but it is the only way I can do it.
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Woah. I so do not have this problem, trade ya? LOL! Just kidding, maintenance comes with its own set of challenges for everyone, so I don't mean to sound like yours are easier than mine.
Can you try and have more calorie dense foods? For example eggs instead of egg whites? Sprouted whole grain bread instead of 45-50 calories a slice bread (I don't know if that is what you currently eat, just trying to give you some ideas) olives, olive oil instead of non-fat spray. That would be my best advice.
I rarely if ever make it to my daily caloric intake. I should be putting down 1800 and I always come a little below 1500. Some days I do eat more than others so maybe there is a balance. It is hard trying to maintain. I don't know if it's harder to lose weight even after losing all of it I still remember that struggle.
Do the best you can and all you can do is watch how your body responds.
I'm brand new to this maintenance thing, and I told myself I would quit counting calories and just enjoy food and life, and I should be fine. It's been a week already, and well, I was wrong. Even after all the crap I've eaten at the weekend, I'm losing weight! I decided to start tracking again today, and I can't believe at how low I am still eating! I inputted a regular day's food, and I'm still below like 500 calories of where I should be eating. (I'm aiming for 2,000 calories.) I didn't realize it would be this HARD! It's almost harder than losing! Who would've thought I'd ever be able to say that.
So my question to you folks who have been maintaining for a while - how do you do it?? I'm having trouble finding little foods to up my calories. I've put egg whites in my burger, I can only eat so much peanut butter without going over my fat range, I put cheese on things. Help!? lol
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