I have always had a problem with the "set point" concept. I noticed it when I was gaining weight. I was always jumping on the scale to see if I'd "gotten away with" something, and all too often I had. Then one day my weight would pop up. It seemed to go in 3 pound increments. The same thing happened on the way down. I wanted to lose faster than I'd gained, but it takes longer to lose. I can overeat in a day far more than I can undereat.
That is why consistency is the key to my maintenance. Doing the SparkPoint thing, like Slenderella, keeps my always aware. I have to say No NOW, or I will fall back into the trap of trying to find the "trick" that will let me eat more. If there were really a "trick" to it, no one would be fat. It's just the same old eat right, stay active, moderation in all things. Hard to sell something that dull, but it's what works for me.
Nell Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
I don't want to disappoint you, but I just can't pick one. I believe that reading 3 SparkPeople articles per day, 2 DailySpark blogs, at least one health article, playing trivia daily, and 6 e-mails on most days is the key for me. It isn't any one article, it's all of the great information that I use and keeps me focused on my health and goals.
My Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!
I don't know that I thought it was great, but I was floored when I read it. "Maintaining a Healthy Weight-Part 1" http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellne ss_articles.asp?id=488
Who'd have thought I'd have to work out MORE because my body was gonna try to go back up to a "set point"?
But I think it was really true, as I spent a good 2 months working like h#ll trying to stay in range. Then suddenly it seems like it has gotten a bit easier. I'm sure glad I had this info, even though I didn't like it very well! LOL
I'd be interested in what people who have made it to this point(maintaining) might say is a Spark article, or blog that just absolutely and totally knocked your socks off. (For those of you not from Indiana that means something that was the best of the best.)
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