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3/22/13 3:40 P

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I have to track myself everyday and weigh myself every week. Best wishes, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Me too Nancy, I'm right there with ya!

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3/22/13 8:38 A

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It is so helpful to read all of these responses. I have been struggling for two months now to maintain my goal weight. For a year and a half I had done so well. I had to start tracking my food again. Even though I exercise at least two hours everyday the weight was coming right back on. emoticon

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3/21/13 6:16 P

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REALLY great information! Thank you so much everyone!

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3/21/13 4:01 P

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emoticon everyone! I really appreciate the advice.

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MOONCHILD8's Photo MOONCHILD8 Posts: 6,521
3/21/13 3:52 P

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I agree with you. Exercise should be fun and be a reward. I exercise every single day. I can not live a day without exercising. Best wishes, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/21/13 12:46 P

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After thinking about this a little more I think that if we can make exercise so much fun that it does not feel like exercise, but like FUN, and we take a lot of time for it (I like to take 2 hours/day minimum if I can) then we don't have to worry about counting calories and how many calories we burn. So part of it is that in maintenance we can pick types of exercises that are really rewarding in themselves and make us feel good. emoticon
That makes everything else easier. For some people this may mean finding another job or finding another part-time job that involves more physical activity, regardless of pay.

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Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 3/21/2013 (12:48)
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3/21/13 11:34 A

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Lots of good advice here for new maintainers!

I'm like Oneweigh and Nell also.. I don't let extra exercise allow me more calories and my maintainence range is only about 100 to 200 calories over my weight loss range.



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MKELLY72's Photo MKELLY72 Posts: 1,926
3/21/13 11:26 A

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I haven't been able to really increase my range away from loss without gaining weight either--but it seems to be better during the warmer months, when I am more active in my daily activities. So I'm hoping to have a little more flexibility when the weather gets nicer.

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When I first started to maintain, I was losing still but only a few ounces a week. Then I stabilized and maintained for about a month, then my weight started to creep up. I agree that it is trial and error.

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3/21/13 9:59 A

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I read the responses and the one that hit home with me was the calorie range. Literally, my maintenance range is only 200 calories over my weight loss range. Maybe go back to your "old calorie range" until you lose the little you've gained and then add 200 calories and see what happens.

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3/21/13 1:02 A

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My experience is like a combo of Oneweigh and Nell. My weight loss gradually came to an end on my weight-loss calorie range, and that's where I settled, plus or minus a few. Like Nell, as I age, I need fewer calories, so I may never be able to add back calories. That's okay, as long as I know it and can keep myself from falling back into "why bother" thinking.

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3/20/13 11:16 P

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I have a different experience. I eat low-carb and I have more energy to exercise then I ever did before and exercise a lot. At the same time I maintain on 2500 or more calories a day. I don't count calories, exercise minutes or track any food, just stay away from any high-carb items like grains and beans and sugar, none of which I miss any more.
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MOONCHILD8's Photo MOONCHILD8 Posts: 6,521
3/20/13 9:34 P

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I think you are right that you need less food as you age and exercise less. When I was younger it took less time to clean the house or go to the store. I may move a little slower but I move around and do exercise every day. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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3/20/13 9:09 P

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Age takes a toll. My maintenance food intake at age 63 is waaaay less than my weight loss intake at age 21. And yes, it sucks, but there it is.

Nell

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3/20/13 8:33 P

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What I've found is that I didn't get to add calories back. My "weight loss" calorie range and my "maintenance" range are the same. Sucks but true, I just don't need nearly as much food as I'd like to eat. emoticon

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Congratulations for your major success! What you have done
is emoticon You are now taking the next big
step to your next big success, maintenance. emoticon

Have you considered that you may be exercising too much? emoticon
Our bodies respond to exercise as stress. If overdone, our bodies
will generate more stress chemistry and reset the starvation response.

This means that fat will be stored more easily. If at the same time
you are coming off a self-imposed famine i.e. dieting, you could
be setting yourself up for becoming a fat-creation machine.

You also may want to think about the foods you are adding back.
Could any of these foods trigger fat storage. The transition to
maintenance is a delicate time. Ease into it, and as the other
posters are suggesting, focus on the feedback you are receiving
from your body. You can use all this data to effectively
make your long-term maintenance a success and to determine
exactly how many calories will keep you at your goal weight.

Slowly give your body time to reset to a slightly higher
calorie load. You may not ever to be able to eat as much
as someone at the same weight, who has not dieted.
In my mind that is OK. I love being thin more than I love
eating. And that is saying a lot! emoticon

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3/20/13 3:46 P

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I can relate. What really affects the scale with me is the type of foods I start eating. I was not eating processed, packaged foods while I was losing. Now I am drawn to them - I know I need to keep them out of my house. The scale really jumps with these foods. The truth is sinking in with me that maintenance is hard work when I give up the mindset of eating healthy.

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I think what you are feeling is pretty common, I sure get it.
I have to stay in what seems like "diet" mode all the time. I think at my age my body just needs fewer calories etc. than I would LIKE to have.
I lost my weight slowly and learned much, I just have to stay with it for life.
One thing I do is visualize where I was. Putting on my too tight clothes, then deciding to stay home because I hated the way I looked and felt.
I never, ever want to go through that again.
Stay focused! It's worth it.

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I had similar difficulties when I first started maintenance. I hadn't really added too many extra calories, yet the scale kept creeping up. Once I moved them back down to my weight loss levels for a few weeks and tried increasing them gradually again, I was able to add more a little at a time without gaining weight. I think I had also added too many of the wrong types of food when I increased my calories and that probably had an effect as well. Our bodies can be funny sometimes and I think they do "get used to" us functioning at a certain level and respond by putting on weight even if we haven't increased our calories by all that much. I also find that if I make big changes in the kind of food I eat in a particular week, I'll often have an unexpected loss or gain even if my calories are more or less the same, so that could be another culprit. I'd suggest going back to what you were doing before until you take off what you've gained then experiment with where you can make small modifications. You may want to try increasing your calories one day and eating at your weight-loss calorie level the next day to make an even more gradual transition. I really don't think there's a secret to figuring out maintenance so be patient and experiment with what works for you and what doesn't. Good luck and let us know if you need any more help!

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This is why I weigh daily. I like to catch that upward movement immediately. I don't care if it's water, it isn't a big deal to dial it back for a few days. And I never have allowed myself to eat more to compensate for any kind of activity. I let my scale be my guide and my food be my method. I never worry about it, I learned what to do many years ago and I just shrug and do it. And write it all down.

Nell

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Try not to be discouraged - maintenance is very much a trial and error process, especially at the beginning. Some questions which might help you to diagnose the issue:
1. Are you tracking faithfully? Accurately? For me, don't track for a couple of weekends in a row, scale creep is inevitable.
2. Are you overestimating how many calories you burn through exercise?

You can always go back to your "weight loss mode" for a few weeks and see how you do, and then revisit adding fewer calories to maintain when the scale creep has been reversed.

Good luck, and we're here to support you!

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OK, so I've only been on maintenance for a while, but I just can't seem to figure it all out. I'm eating more and exercising more (since I currently have the time). I feel like it's all evened out. Unfortunately the scale doesn't agree, as it keeps going up. So others told me not to add too much food right away, to start slowly. I'm doing that, and it's still not helping. It's making me wonder if I should bother with maintenance or not. I just feel stuck and don't know what to do about this weight gain. Any suggestions?

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