By - veroarfl
>Do you still count calories after reaching your goal weight?
Yup. Highest weight was 12 years and nearly 100 pounds (45ish kilos) ago.
>I don't want to count calories for the rest of my life
I don't want to be obese for the rest of my life. Using a food scale and tracking what I eat takes ten minutes a day. Thanks to that ten minutes a day, I'm a size 10 instead of the size 20 I used to be. I think that's a pretty good deal.
I think this is the answer I needed. You're right. I don't want to be obese for the rest of my life. It is a pretty good deal. Thank you :)
> Do you still count calories after reaching your goal weight?
So far (8 years), I do. Although it seems like each year gets easier and easier and while I still rely on it, I feel like my natural impulses now are working for my maintaining a lower weight more than against me.
> I don't want to count calories for the rest of my life
I commit only for 1 year at a time. Each July 9th (when I started tracking), every year, I review how the year went and decide only then if I keep going for another year or whether to experiment with not doing it.
Either way, though, it's fine. It's seriously no effort and takes no time anymore, I'm so practiced and fast at it. But, like you suggest, 'forever' is too long and I can only commit for 1 year at a time.
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Just want to say well done, you’re an inspiration!
I hope my impulses change like that too lol. I did notice that now it's easier to count than the first time I did it, so I guess eventually it won't feel so much as an effort but more like part of the routine. Taking one year at a time sounds like a good technique, I'll try to make smaller goals so it's easier to accomplish them and stay on track :) thanks for replying
You have to count calories for maintenance at least for a while. You clearly can’t work out how much to eat so it will help you with your daily intake.
Thanks, yes I think I'll just stick to it
Track your weight, at least weekly. Have a threshold where you will start tracking calories again. In maintenance (half way through losing) I did not log calories, but I weighed out serving sizes of foods where it was hard to eyeball.
Maintenance is an active process and you need to make a decision to do it.
Yes you're right, I always thought the end of the line was at reaching my goal weight, but I'm realizing that it doesn't make sense to stop there. I don't know how to eat so I will try my best to not give up on counting, and I hope, at some point, to stop seeing it as a chore.
Well after awhile you realize that 80% of the time you eat the same things so tracking is a breeze
Are you willing to get on a scale every single day? And set a trigger point in advance where you automatically begin a cut?