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11/17/13 10:15 A

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I've only been maintaining for a few months but I have found that I needed to add a few calories (maybe around 150 per day) and I exercise about the same amount as I always have. It took me a few weeks to quit losing but now I am pretty steady. And like someone else said, if I exercise less one day, I just try to stay in the lower range for my calories. I do still measure and track everything.

Gloria

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11/17/13 7:34 A

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I have been maintaining 140 lbs pretty steadily for several months, and was curious about how my regimen had accomplished that, so I did a chart which analyzes my food intake vs exercise over the last 14 weeks.

The obvious conclusion is that by sticking to an average of 1750 calories per day and about 10 miles of aerobic walking (with weights every other day), I can continue to maintain this weight, and if I want to lose those two recalcitrant pounds, I need to step up the exercise.

If anyone is interested in seeing the chart, I have uploaded it to my weight loss blog:
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Edited by: GREENHOME1 at: 11/17/2013 (07:35)
My name is GINA and I also keep track of my journey (occasionally) at slim-at-70.blogspot.ca/
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11/16/13 9:25 P

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I got to my goal weight in December 1970 and have kept it off (with a 6 pound burp for a few months during menopause, quickly lost) since then and weigh well under my original 1970 goal now. I always love those articles in the paper telling me I am doing it all wrong.

Nell
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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 
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11/16/13 9:08 P

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It's good to hear others are maintaining without additional exercise. I plan to keep exercising but didn't see how I could do more than I already do.


First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00
Second 10k - May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

10k PR - 55:21 September 7, 2014

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


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11/16/13 4:53 P

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I would question the source suggesting you need to add exercise to maintain. You have obviously lost a lot of weight (congratulations!), so you know best what your body needs, whether it's nutrition or exercise. I recommend that you just keep doing what you're doing until you think you're losing too much and then adjust your calories upward just slightly, like 100 extra calories a day for a week and see how you do. There will be a period of adjustment as you find what works for you. I also agree with the statements: 80% is what you eat AND you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

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11/16/13 9:26 A

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I haven't changed anything. I am eating about 150 calories more and doing the same exercise. I exercise in the water, so it is the same routine.

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11/16/13 1:11 A

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Keeping the protein intake up above 80 grams per day really helps with the weight maintenance especially with exercise. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will burn. If you are exercising a lot but not eating enough protein, you will not build muscle. Important to remember to balance protein and carb intake to maintain goal weight.

Patricia
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11/15/13 12:40 P

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I have been at or below goal for most of 43 years, and I do the it other way around. If I happen to be doing more, I eat more, if I am doing less, I eat less. I never see exercise as a way to compensate for more food, but rather eating more is a way to compensate for doing more. I find that with time constraints, it's easier to cut back on eating than to spend more time in exercise. Some people see their food as the non-negotiable and build a life around that. My life isn't that elastic, so my life is the non-negotiable and I fit my food intake to that.

Nell
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11/15/13 12:21 P

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I would not worry about increasing exercise minutes at all. Move when you can, pick types of exercise you enjoy. Think outside the box when it comes to exercise. It does not have to be in the gym. You are building muscle when exercising so weight maintenance is not all that important if more of your weight is muscle rather than fat.
Having fun when exercising is the best way to make sure you keep doing it for the rest of your life. My exercise amount changes from 30 minutes a day to all day long, from low-intensity to very high intensity. You only live once, you are at goal (or close), go have fun and stay healthy. Micromanaging calories, exercise minutes etc. all cause stress which is a big risk factor for heart disease.
Birgit

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11/15/13 11:57 A

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I'm not sure which article that was, but in maintenance just as in weight loss its all about calories in/calories out. My advice is to keep careful track of your food on the nutrition tracker and watch the scales. I have much better luck at controlling my weight with food intake than with exercise. Exercise IS very important, but from what I've read at least 80% of weight loss (therefore maintenance) comes from what we EAT!! And its not just calories that count - choosing high quality nutrients is very important!!

Marilyn in LaGrange, GA (EST) V_V Team BLC21,22,23,24,25,26
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11/15/13 11:25 A

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I read in one of the Sparkpeople articles that you have to burn like 200 calories MORE per day in exercise to maintain your weight. Is that true? How did you manage to burn even more?

I am not sure I have the time or the energy to do that. I already work out 250 minutes or more per week, spread out over five days. It was easy to torch a lot of calories in a workout when I weighed 210 pounds. I'm at 136 now and it is taking longer, harder workouts just to keep my calorie burn at approx 1800-2000/week.

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00
Second 10k - May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

10k PR - 55:21 September 7, 2014

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


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