Originally Posted by marbear
I am no doctor, but I think your metabolism will eventually slow to match what you are eating, right? If you're eating 1200 calories and your metabolism is about that much, you don' thave a lot of wiggle room and it seems it would be very hard to maintain. I think the goal of the stabilization is to keep adding 1 food at a time to try to rev your metabolism back up so you can eat more food (which will probably help you stay on track for life) and not gain a bunch of weight. I think that is why they add stuff slowly and try to see how far you can go without gaining weight back.
Well, the whole reason for the plans is to set you at a calorie level that will have you losing weight. If you lose weight, and made it to goal on 1200 calories-then 1200 calories is a weight loss level for you. A maintenance level of calories will be more than that-and the purpose of maintenance/stabilization is to slowly add calories and figure out at what level you eat for maintenance. It will be different for everyone. If you are raised up to 1300 for a week or two and don't gain, then they can raise it up a little more to 1400. If you don't gain on that-then the can raise it again, and so forth.
You don't want to continue to eat at "weight loss" level for the rest of your life once you have reached goal. You want to be able to eat a little more than that for the rest of your life-the key is finding the proper level for you to do that. It is nothing to be scared of.