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6/5/18 9:56 A

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I would carry on eating healthy but n9t care about the number, you are at a healthy range so does it matter? put the scales away for 1 month be happy as you are you might fins those extra pounds shift when you relax if not so what??? you are at target . congrats by the way




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6/3/18 7:27 P

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STRIVERGIRL,
never mind the number. Are you happy? Are you healthy? Can you do the things you want to do, and wear the clothes you want to wear?


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6/2/18 4:47 P

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My perspective is that you are never “done” because a healthy lifestyle and way of eating is the real goal. And that we always need. If we go back to old ways, we will get the old unhealthy body back.......



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5/23/18 2:18 P

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Thanks guys! This is extremely helpful. It has motivated me to book myself an appointment for body composition analysis at my doctor's office this very afternoon! So soon I should know whether I'm at a healthy body fat level, and I know my waist measurements and blood work are all good. If I'm OK with the body fat too, I am thinking I will try to maintain and reassess the situation at the end of September.



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5/23/18 12:16 P

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To build on what ARCHIMEDESII said, your body is the only "expert" who can dictate if you are "done" or not!

From a purely health perspective, you should be "done" with calorie-restricted eating when you are in the "healthy" weight range, have a "healthy" waist circumference, have "healthy" blood markers (blood sugars, cholesterol, blood pressure), and have reached a "healthy" percentage of body fat. If you haven't met any one of these parameters, then you can assess what would be your best approach for the near and distant future to address that specific thing.

If all looks good, then I would strongly recommend changing things up to focus on building lean muscle and decreasing fat (which may leave the scale the same, but will change your body makeup to be much healthier and will give you a higher metabolism to make maintenance easier --- oh, and will make your measurements smaller, too). Instead of continuing with the calorie deficit, I would recommend gradually increasing your calorie intake --- focusing on lean proteins --- and adding in a dedicated strength / resistance training program to your current cardio / yoga routines. As you gradually increase muscle mass and calorie intake, you can keep an eye on what the scale weight is doing, but should focus on reaching and eventually maintaining a healthy and fit body fat percentage, with a high level of lean muscle tissue.

Kudos on doing so well and learning the healthy choices that work best for you, and all of the best as you choose the next steps!

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5/22/18 6:29 P



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It's hard to say when it's right to stop. One thing I will say is that no one should be on a permanent diet. At some point, you need to maintain the weight you've already lost.

There is a website called the National Weight Control Registry. In order to be a member, you have to have lost a minimum of 35 pounds and kept it off for two years. Studies have shown that once a person loses weight, if they can keep it off for two years, the chances of regaining the weight are slim.

How long did it take you to get down to 131-134 ? People say losing weight is hard. No, losing weight is easy. Keeping it off is hard.

I would suggest maintaining your weight for a minimum of six months. In six months, if you have stayed in that range, you can decide if you want to lose more. If you feel fine, then you keep the weight off for the full two years and then you join the National Weight Control Registry.

Now that you are at a healthy weight for your height, losing another 5-7 pounds could take months. So why torture yourself ? Let your body do what it wants to do naturally. At some point, it will settle in to a weight where you don't have to struggle to keep it off.

Does that make sense ?


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5/22/18 4:02 P

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Hi all!

I have been stuck wavering between 131 and 134 for the past 10 weeks. My goal was originally 120, but 134 is technically within a healthy weight range for me.

My question is -- how do I know whether this is a plateau that I will eventually push through or if my original goal was just not realistic? Should I keep pushing or should I move into maintenance mode?

Thanks!



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