I'm sure this question has been asked a bazillion times, so feel free to redirect me to a thread if one is already out there
I'm a little over 10lbs from my goal weight. I lose fairly steadily, about 1.5lbs/week, so it won't be long before I reach my goal. This will be the lightest I remember being in my adult life (including highschool...I was 160lbs as a freshman). I'm still not entirely satisfied with my weight, so I'm thinking I might maintain around goal weight for a few weeks or even months and let my body readjust, then considering losing a little bit more. I can't imagine myself going below 135lbs, so I'm thinking 135-145 will be my comfort range.
I have never purposefully dieted before, so I've never experienced the yo yo effect. However, I feel that I've done it right the first time, my "diet" was actually more of a lifestyle overhaul. And I do feel that it's very possible for me to maintain this. I'm going through my days with no cravings, I can allow myself to indulge moderately (I had a pizza dinner with friends last night...enjoyed it, no guilt, still lost 1.5lbs for the week as of this morning), and I'm satisfied and not hungry all the time. I have an active lifestyle, so exercise was nothing new, I just needed to get my diet in check.
I'm just wondering how find the balance between losing and maintaining. My diet IS so comfortable for me, that I think I could just stay on it without ever increasing calories. Perhaps I should do that and just see where my body finally settles? I don't want to add so much that I start gaining again, because I refuse to yoyo.
What changes did you make between your dieting lifestyle to maintaining lifestyle? Just add more calories? Reduce exercise?