Living Maintenance - Challenge for maintenance.. eating enough!

04-22-2013, 11:47 PM
I've gotten so used to eating at a deficit that I already know it's going to be a challenge for me to go back to eating a normal amount of food. I'm already having to remind myself that I'm trying to maintain, not really lose, so it's okay if I eat a bit more than I usually do.

How did you manage to adjust to this?? Did it take y'all awhile to get into the swing of things with maintenance?

04-22-2013, 11:54 PM
Sorry, I am not in maintenance yet so no advice but just wanted to say I cannot wait until I have this "problem" when I reach maintenance! Congrats, Lauren!

04-23-2013, 10:21 AM
I actually haven't changed much in my eating habits since reaching goal. I eat at my maintenance level with an occasional treat.
There are as many was to maintain as there are maintainers, what works for one may not work for all,
I do weigh everyday and plan all meals ahead of time, takes me about 5 minutes to plan a days menu and I still count calories.

04-23-2013, 02:16 PM
Well I mean eating more in order to maintain; I bumped my calories up about 100 calories but I know that's not enough for me to maintain at my activity level. I went from 1500 to 1600 to 1700 and I'm still losing. It's just hard to imagine possibly having a whole extra 3-600 calories more than I'm used to having available and being able to eat all that lol

04-23-2013, 02:26 PM
Maybe replace some lower cal/low fat items for another that is higher calorie/full fat? That way you don't feel like you're gorging yourself. Just a thought.

04-23-2013, 04:30 PM
Trust me, you'll get used to it, and after a while, even your maintenance calories may not seem like enough. I felt exactly as you're feeling now when I first started maintenance. I was eating anywhere from 1400-1700 to lose. I kept adding in calories and still kept losing until I reached 2200 calories per day. Now, that's quite a few calories, and it should be more than enough for me. Usually, it is. However, there have been many times that I've exceeded those calories because they just weren't enough for what I wanted at the time. I really believe that even if my calories were 3000 per day, I would eventually find some way to eat up or exceed that amount.

Enjoy this honeymoon phase ---LOL! :) (Not trying to scare you, but just trying to be realistic. Like bargoo said, though, maintenance is so individual, so I'm sure others will chime in with info about their experience).