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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I watched the HBO special Weight of the Nation a few months back. One thing that was said is that in the year after you lose weight, you need to eat 20% less to keep the weight off or do comparable amount of exercise to have a 20% deficit.

I see that I am hungry a lot. I am eating enough and getting carbs, protein, fat, micronutrients etc. But I guess my body is used to a fatter setpoint and wants me to get there.

I need to figure out what calories and foods are right for me. I am planning on taking a walk during lunch to try to mediate the hunger.

I am not putting that weight back on! So far I am maintaining, but I can see feeling hungry every day after eating; and the weight just sliding back. I am committed to fitness, and got almost 3000 minutes last month. and even though I knew I ater too much I tracked everything.

So no sliding, no weight gain. I am a work in progress

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    seems maintaining is more difficult than dropping the weight!
    1820 days ago
    Ahhhhhh 'maintenance". Such a science to learn.
    1821 days ago
    Hmm , interesting.
    1821 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    You really are my inspiration. I know this happens to me too - Whenever I get to a certain number on the scale it's like my body says, "Whoa! Eat something! We can't be this low! Gain it back!".... I usually succomb. It is all about mindset and determination, which you have in SPADES!!!!!!!! I am going to channel my inner LRSILVER and eventually I'll get there too.
    1821 days ago
    As we get older too our metabolisms slow down and most of us get more sedintary. I was quite surprised that it takes 3 weeks for our stomaches to shrink after a large meal so that hungry feeling persists. You are doing great Lynn and this is good information to munch on. Keep it up! Justyna
    1821 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Maintenance seems to be just another chapter on this journey. You have come so far and doing so well. Keep pushing to find that happy balance between nutrition and fitness. There has to be a way of finding this without being hungry and not gaining. Best of luck to you.
    1821 days ago
    That was an excellent documentary and an interesting statistic about the 20% deficit compared to someone who was always at the goal weight.

    I didn't find that to be true in my case. Perhaps it's because I lost the weight SO SLOWLY that my body didn't notice the 1.5 pounds per month (yes, month not week). Still, keeping up with exercise and watching portion size is very good advice. I also weigh every morning. Like RidleyRider, if I'm gaining, I want to turn things around before it gets out of control.
    1821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 7:40:14 AM
    I have kept off 87 pounds for 14 years. The key to maintaining is exercise and portion control. Check your scale 3 or 4 mornings a week...if you are up, cut back before it gets out of control. That's my advice. Good luck!
    1821 days ago
    maintaining is whole new battle
    1821 days ago
    Good maintainance tip! I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer to the point where I'm seriously thinking about how best to maintain - especially as I've yo-yoed dramatically so many times.

    Glad it's going well for you! Well done!
    1821 days ago
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