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Learn About Maintenance Before Losing Weight

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


That's the headline on a terrific blog by CATS_MEOW which further links to recent research in a CNN article and a previous blog from a year ago.

Maintenance first indeed: otherwise weight loss will be a continuing cycle with success and failure and starting over again . . . and defeat in so many instances.

And of course the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team is a wonderful resource open to everyone from the very first day of the weight loss journey. You don't have to be At Goal or close to benefit from the community of wisdom available: AGAM:TTMT!!
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    Maintenance is what we all want to achieve ultimately and definitely knowing before starting weight loss about maintenance helps to prepare the brain for what is required. Thanks Ellen.
    1994 days ago
  • DALID414
    Thanks for the info
    1994 days ago
    Good advice. emoticon
    1995 days ago
    Thanks for that link. Good information and right in tune with the current book I'm reading!

    Been down that path of losing and then gaining it all back! I need to get it right and you're a big help with these blogs and you're own success!!

    Keep up the good work!


    1995 days ago
    I love that you keep sharing maintenance resources; they are so helpful for me. I always think of weight loss in two parts: losing (very restrictive) and maintaining (start the party!). I am slowly learning to change this perspective.

    I'm beginning to TRULY understand and accept that it's just one long journey--the exercise, food restrictions, water intake, sleep, etc. will be basically the same at maintenance with an occasional treat thrown in. I'm learning from At Goal team that it's going to be OK! What everyone's gained is worth so much more than eating endless fast food or munching mindlessly in front of the TV.

    I especially appreciated Cat Meow's assertion that a few months at the same weight isn't a plateau to be whined about, it's an exercise in maintaining the weight she's lost so far! That's how I'm thinking about May-October, but I'm definitely ready to start the downward move again.

    Thank you again for the thoughtful articles and blogs you share!
    1995 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    A few years back when my husband and I started on the weight loss journey. He dropped 40 pounds in about a month. It took me almost a year to lose my 60 and guess what...he gained it all back and I've been basically the same for three years. I would love to lose more but am happy that for once I didn't lose and gain it all back...so yes understating maintenance...even when we are NOT at goal yet is so important
    1995 days ago
    Great article on some really interesting new science.

    I think people approaching weight loss, especially when they have tried and re-gained before, are frightened not only of the deprivations but of the outcome. Going into the experience with the whole package in place is akin to a hiker going into the wilderness with an extra pair of shoes. Advance knowledge of maintenance can also help those skid times in a diet when, whether it's because of holidays, a vacation or ongoing celebration, a the weight loser falls off her eating plan. S/he might crash -- but s/he doesn't have to burn!
    1995 days ago
    The article and blogs were excellent reading. It just makes sense. I especially thought there was value in the idea of forming the right habits before you even focus on the actual weight loss. Great food for thought here. Thanks.
    1995 days ago
    Such good advice!
    1995 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Maintenance is key. As time goes on our needs do change, so we need to make sustainable adjustments.
    1995 days ago
    Good thoughts!
    1995 days ago
    Great blog!

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon
    1995 days ago
    You can maintain your way to a good weight, but you can't really "lose" your way to maintenance! So yes, the skills to maintain are vital! Learn as we go!

    1995 days ago
    You start maintenance the week you first lose a couple of pounds. Good advice - join a maintenance team first!

    1995 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I've always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle while on the journey to reaching goals. That is major in maintaining. Patience and focus on the way leads to the changing of an unhealthy paradigm. Great blog! Thanks for sharing. Stay strong, focused, and be well.
    1995 days ago
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