Originally Posted by pavvie
The scientist in me likes this article from Lyle McDonald: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat...iet-break.html
I've done this before and have (more or less) maintained my weight during breaks. My weight-loss overall has not been super fast, but it has been very very maintainable for me.
I love this idea, and it actually seems to be very close to something I did (successfully) the last time I lost a significant amount of weight. I would allow myself to eat without counting calories on vacations and breaks from school, which came every 8-12 weeks, and I kept losing weight steadily throughout that period of time. However, I don't think I had the proper attitude for it--I viewed it as a small period of failure rather than a necessary way to keep my metabolism churning--and as a result, I never really learned how to find a medium between being on a diet and binging recklessly.
Now I'm thinking about taking a 10-14 day maintaining "diet break" every time I hit a certain number (say, every 10lbs), or after I reach each of my smaller goals. I'd still count calories and still exercise, but I'd get to be a little junky for a while and practice for maintenance, which I still think is the hardest part of weight loss.
I've lost 30+lbs 3-4 times. I've never maintained.