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Old 10-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Hard to maintain

Does anyone else feel like it's almost harder to maintain your goal weight than it was to lose it? I met goal by basically staying in induction all the time. I find that I start gaining if I go over 20g/day. Still at goal, but am getting frustrated that I have to eat so strict to maintain it. How have the rest of you been at adding in carbs?
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:11 AM   #2
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Congratulations on meeting your goal and staying there!

Yes, it is hard to maintain. Especially with a small body size like yours. When we were heavier, our bodies used more calories at those higher weights than we need now.

You say that you start gaining if you go over 20 grams of carb a day, and you stayed on Induction until goal. I don't know what types of carbs you've tried so far, or in what amounts. I also don't know if you are feeling burned out and bored with your same old foods, but OWL might be a good way to help you mix it up without regaining. The nice thing about OWL is it's very orderly and allows you to focus on one thing at a time. I don't think introducing higher-carb foods casually and randomly works as well or tells us as much about how we need to eat.

We had some good discussion topics in older threads about carb levels and adding carbs back in. I think some of these would have been from a couple of years ago, so you might have to dig a little, but I know we were talking about this stuff when I was approaching maintenance and I found it helpful. Maybe you would too.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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It is not really a piece of cake to maintain. You will find that will power and restraint will continue to be your best companions in order to be at the weight you desire.

I have been up and down since reaching my goal in 2001. But I have not gone back to my pre weight since reaching goal. I do believe my highest gain was about 8 pounds. It took me a while to get serious again, but the modified JUDDD plan seems to work fine for me now.

Don't give up.

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