Hi there, I was wondering how easy it is for everyone to maintain their weight. I have been losing weight slowly for the last 2 years, and now that the finish line is clear on the horizon, I am terrified at the prospect of maintenance.
Now the big question is - what do I do when I reach 20% ish bodyfat percent, with the intention of staying there? In your experience, do you have to restrict what you eat forever? Do you always have to stop short of eating until you are full?
I feel that if I'm not hyper vigilant about the amount of food I eat, that I will gain the body fat back! Will it be easier for me to maintain because I was never super obese? It seems that "naturally skinny" people aren't naturally skinny at all, they just eat less if you really observe them.
Of course when I get to goal I will try a freestyle paleo way of eating with a wider variety of foods, but it would also be nice just to hear your post weight loss experience :)
My background -
~ Always had a relatively high bodyfat percent since childhood - skinny arms/extremeties with a lot of belly fat. My highest weight was about 164 pounds on a very light 5.4 frame (tiny wrists, very narrow shoulders, most glasses are too big for my head)
~ Started Paleo at the end of 2009, and my weight has slowly come down to 120 pounds presently (along with the obliteration of my life long Acne and IBS, yay!). I am aiming for 20% bodyfat - I don't know what weight this will bring me down to, its more a certain look that I'm after. Im guessing that 20% ish bodyfat will bring me to about 115 pounds as I don't have much lean body mass. I plan to work on body comp in the long run.
~ ALong the way, the only thing that has really caused fat loss was restricting calories. I would do this for about 1 month, then take a couple of months off. Rinse and repeat - have tried high fat, intermittent fasting, no carbs, high carbs - doesn't matter, it boils down to caloric restriction for me. This is probably because my job is so sedentary (artist)
~ In order to get these last few percentages of bodyfat off, I have been restricting calories to about 900~1100 a day. This is done by eating plenty of vegetables, lean proteins and coconut oil. I do a high calorie day every couple of weeks. Interestingly I am not hungry restricting this much, and have never craved junky food since going paleo. Its easy for me to be grain/legume/dairy free and I honestly never "need" to "cheat" . No food issues other than a few days during the good old luteal phase where my appetite ramps up, for more quantity of food (steak, lamb chops, liver etc)
~ The calorie restriction is working and I am liking what's happening in the mirror, and very happy at nearing the end of my weight loss phase. Next year I want to put on more lean body mass.
~ exercise is walking a few kilometers every day (don't own a car) and Bodyweight stuff 2~3 times a week. Sleep is great, in bed early, wake up without alarm clock.