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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Friday, October 07, 2016

Good advice. Sounds easy. But for me it's been harder to implement then you'd think. At 402 lbs, I can easily lose 5 lbs a week by taking my calories down to 1200 per day. But doing that has caused me to do endless rounds of yo yo dieting. For the past year I've taken a much slower approach, striving for a 1-2 lbs loss per week, with my current calorie range being 1700-1900 calories per day. This has been much easier for me to sustain long term. I realize that my BMR will decrease as I lose weight and I'll have to gradually drop the calorie range to maintain that rate of loss. I am hopeful that this slower approach will allow me to stay on track for the long haul.

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    I like your plan and follow it too. If a plan isn't sustainable for the long-term, it is not the right route for me to get to my goal and stay there!
    732 days ago
    I've been on this particular weight loss journey since April 2008. Before that I'd yoyo dieted for.... oh, about 40 years! So I can tell you, you are ONTO something!! The best piece of advice I can give anyone just starting this journey (or anywhere on the journey for that matter, is DO NOT do anything to lose weight that you can't or won't do for the rest of your life.

    Following that advice has allowed me to maintain my weight loss for 5 years come next month. I knew going in I could never completely give up my favorite foods - but I CAN limit how often I have them. Take for example pizza. We all know pizza isn't a 'diet' food. But I can eat it once a month (twice really because I love to have leftover pizza the next day). I don't know if this will work for everyone, but it works for me!!
    739 days ago
    emoticon Slow and steady wins the race! Only you can figure out the best way to do this. All the charts and tables and articles don't know you! Good for you for doing it 'your way'!
    740 days ago
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    Way to go for setting reasonable limits!

    740 days ago
    Your current calorie range sounds much more reasonable - and sustainable! Good job recognizing what wasn't working and making a change.
    740 days ago
    Great job
    741 days ago
    Slow and Steady absolutely!
    741 days ago
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