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Maintaining Weight Loss is Harder than Losing It

Friday, August 13, 2010

I've been struggling this summer. So, it seems, have many Sparks friends I have come to respect during my 20 month journey.

Why? Because maintenance is harder than losing weight.

I hate to frighten those of you still struggling to get the weight off, but it's a dirty, little secret no one talks about.

Unfortunately, it's also true.

Losing weight and keeping it off isn't like other difficult things you've accomplished. I mean, once you learn to crawl, walk ride a bike, ski, pass calculus, or HTML tag your website, you know how to do it.

It's not the same with weight.

No one warns you that you have to constantly be vigilant. You can't stop weighing and measuring what you eat or logging your calories in and exercise. Heck, I've been wearing a BodyBugg for over a year. And, if I don't have a calorie deficit of at least 200 calories at the end of the day, my weight starts going up.

So, don't believe what you read that if you do 30 minutes of cardio three times a week and do strength training at least twice and don't go to hell with your food choices, you'll be fine. 'Cause it bollocks!

The people I know who are going through what's plaguing me aren't sitting on their duffs eating bon bons. They're out and about, living active lives, they just can't eat like regular people.

This is where SparksPeople lets us down. I know I'm echoing what's already been said by quite a few people of late, but perhaps if enough of us speak out, someone will listen.
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    Having gotten to goal and then regained much of the weight, I totally agree with what you are saying. Thank you for voicing your thoughts on this. I hope the next time I get to goal, I realize that I can't stop counting calories and I have to maintain high levels of just NEVER ends.
    2786 days ago
    Congrats on meeting your goal, Carrie. You've done a great job.
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    I wrote a long response to this last night... this morning decided it was not the appropriate place for what I wrote so deleted that and have changed it into a blog.

    I am happy for all of you who have lost great amounts of weight. You've shown persistence, and I applaud you for that. You have been and are an inspiration to others.

    Now, as you say ~ the REAL work continues.
    2810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2010 9:06:33 AM
    Do I ever HEAR YOU! Ugh!

    However I don't know that you can fault SparkPeople as there is truly very little out there in the way of solid knowledge that can assist us, beyond the National Weight Control Registry ( and even THEY are more in the research phase than having a cumulative body of knowledge.

    I see there is a SparkTeam "At Goal and Maintaining"

    Almost 10,000 members...perhaps we need to catch up with them and see what can be patched together to help us out...?

    I've written to Chris Downie about this and I think he is looking to US to get this moving...after all it means more to folks like us who are struggling than to anybody else!

    2810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/13/2010 9:46:41 PM
    Congratulations on meeting your goal weight. I recently read an article that echoed what you said about the amount of exercise it takes to maintain and that it is much more than 3 minutes per week of 30 minutes.

    Until Sparkpeople tailors a program for weight maintenance, perhaps you can join a spark group for people maintaining.
    2810 days ago
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