How Do I Go From Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance

joshsmith
By joshsmith Latest Reply 2009-08-10 23:40:23 -0500
Started 2009-08-10 02:23:28 -0500

Hello all!

I have lost 34 pounds in 7 months. I started to go to the gym in October of '08, and have gone consistently since. From October to January I lost no weight. However, I started to lose weight in January when I changed my eating, and began lifting weights three times a week.

I am almost at my goal, but I want to lose a few more pounds. However, I am very fearful of going into the maintenance mode. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I eat about 1200-1400 calories per day currently, and go to the gym 5 to 6 days a week. When I do cardio my goal is a 700 calorie workout, plus 100 sit-ups. On the other days I do a muscle conditioning class, and around 150 calorie cardio workout.

Can anyone advise on going from a weight loss to weight maintenance plan?

Thanks.

Weight Loss Program


2 replies

Avera
Avera 2009-08-10 23:40:23 -0500 Report

Today, here on the site, SkipT posted a very good article titled:

*Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin*

It is an excellent read and makes many good points about how people respond to exercise. It is NOT saying that exercise is bad for you at all, but it does go into the subject of exercise and weight loss. You might want to read this as you go into the Maintenance phase of your diet. Here is the link:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

Also, here is a link concerning Maintenance after weight loss:

http://www.theweightlosscafe.com/maintenance/

Hope this helps.

Avera

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-08-10 17:08:15 -0500 Report

Hello, May I recomend a nutricionist? They can give you the "expert View".
I have lost about 100 lbs in the last 2 years.
I am currently not trying to loose at the moment but am aware enought that I dont want to gain.
I beleive that as much as we can to make our diets as idiot proof as possible and not having to think about it, makes it that much more manageable.
What you are doing sounds about right. Keep up what you are currently doing.
If it works for you, then its the right plan for you.
At some point, what you are doing will level off and your intake and output will even out where you wont gain nor loose anymore.
Its all about input and output.
If you want to slow it down, eat more or move less.
Once you find the correct weight for you. just manage it more or less at that weight.
Just try to make it as easy as possible and dont get on the scale everyday.
I try not to scale myself unless I am at a doctors office.
Mentally, I get depressed if I think I am loosing but in fact am gaining.
So its better for me not to know.
If I hear that I am looking good and slimming down, thats good enough for me.
Good luck with your diet long term.

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