Maintaining significant weight loss: how do you do it?
December 26, 2013 8:29 AM Subscribe
A year and a half ago, I lost a large amount of weight, i.e. 75 lbs, or about 30% of my body weight on a very low calorie diet, under medical supervision. Although I was not able to follow the official maintenance program after moving to a new city, it was relatively easy to keep things stable for the first year. But, about four months ago, I notice that some of the weight--about eight lbs worth--had crept back on. Although I've lost five of them, the last three seem determined to stick around. This, combined with the dismal statistics on long-term maintenance (97% of people regain within five years), has me pretty scared. Have you beaten the odds, and if so, how do you do it? Also, what is the balance of food vs. activity in your regime?
posted by navizzar to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 48 year old female, and I went on my first diet when I was five. My weight has been a constant issue my whole life, and I was extremely relieved when I managed to shed it. At first it seemed like I'd found the answer in a Primal/low-carb style program, but this summer's regain has me questioning that. I've gone back to weighing myself every day, keeping a food diary, eliminating carbs that do not come directly from fruits and vegetables, but what else should I be doing to maximize my long-term chances? One thing that is missing is a structured exercise program (I do walk about eight miles per day and do yoga), and I'm wondering if strength training and more intense cardio would make a difference.
Recommendations for books, blogs, and other resources would also be most welcome. I'm looking for personal stories and advice from those who have accomplished this themselves more than generalized advice.