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    Hello all,

    Just wondering how you knew you have reached your best body goal (ex body weight or body fat) . How do you know when you should start adding more calories so you stop losing weight? Or will your body just stop on its own no matter what you eat? I couldn't find much information on maintenance. Perhaps I am looking in the wrong spot?

    Any help is appreciated!

    ps- I am not sure I am close to maintenance yet, I think I still have about 10 lbs to go

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    For me it just stopped. I didn't make weight loss a focus and didn't count anything. Weight just kinda fell off till I leveled off at a healthy (ideal) weight. That tends to happen when you eat the food that your genes are craving . It really can be that easy. It was for me anyhow. I did actually start adding in snacks and stuff when I was trying to "bulk" with more lifting and such though, so yes you can tweak things....just don't have to.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BaconLuv View Post
      Hello all,

      Just wondering how you knew you have reached your best body goal (ex body weight or body fat) . How do you know when you should start adding more calories so you stop losing weight? Or will your body just stop on its own no matter what you eat? I couldn't find much information on maintenance. Perhaps I am looking in the wrong spot?

      Any help is appreciated!

      ps- I am not sure I am close to maintenance yet, I think I still have about 10 lbs to go

      Let me guess. You've done Weight Watchers a lot? ;-)

      Having a set goal is different than your body deciding where it is healthy at.

      I'm 5'10 and 140lbs eating this way.

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      • #4
        I'm 6'1, 160lbs eating this way. It just kinda happened. I started at 190, dropped to 165 within 3 months and stabilized there for about 10 months, then my body decided to let go of 5 more pounds, that was about 2 months ago. I exercise very little, once or twice a week is it, and I'm pretty lean with a body fat of 14%.

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        • #5
          Great question! I have been thinking the same thing!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
            For me it just stopped. I didn't make weight loss a focus and didn't count anything. Weight just kinda fell off till I leveled off at a healthy (ideal) weight. That tends to happen when you eat the food that your genes are craving . It really can be that easy. It was for me anyhow. I did actually start adding in snacks and stuff when I was trying to "bulk" with more lifting and such though, so yes you can tweak things....just don't have to.
            This is how it went for me as well. I got to a healthy weight eating based on appetite. Then I just stopped losing and didn't change anything.
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              I was already happy with myself when I started, but I dropped from 20-22% body fat down to 18-19% body fat in a matter of weeks, and so long as I don't go on emtional eating binges, I stay there. I went on an emotional eating binge christmas of last year (when my parents came to visit), and between Australia (august trip) and October of this year when I was stressing about my ILs visiting. Then dropped the excess weight when I went back to normal, basic primal (you know, not eating cakes, cookies, ice cream adn the like).

              So, yeah, easy to maintain. 5 ft 7, 128, no fuss no muss.

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              • #8
                +1 to it just kinda happened. You reach the point where it's clear from your reflection in the mirror that you needn't worry about losing any more. As a rough guide for a heavily trained muscular male that point is usually reached at weight (in kg) = height (in cm) - 100, so I've been floating around 80kg at 180cm for a fair while now +/- a few kg depending on carb intake which can add significant water weight over only a few days. Having said that little things like increased definition and vascularity keep improving slowly over time. But nothing to stress about and there certainly was never a point where I thought "omg I've reached my goal, must adjust calories NOW!" just keep doing what you're doing and enjoy the ride ;-)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                  For me it just stopped. I didn't make weight loss a focus and didn't count anything. Weight just kinda fell off till I leveled off at a healthy (ideal) weight. That tends to happen when you eat the food that your genes are craving . It really can be that easy. It was for me anyhow. I did actually start adding in snacks and stuff when I was trying to "bulk" with more lifting and such though, so yes you can tweak things....just don't have to.
                  +1 on the it just happened effortlessly bit. Been at current BMI of 22.5 for 3 years without thinking about calories. Often when reading this board I see targets that don't seem to make sense. How do you know you have ten pound to go?
                  Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                  Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                  • #10
                    The first part was effortless for me, the second half I had to work for (nothing too arduous, just being mindful of caloric intake.) In all I have lost 65 lbs from 210 to 145 and gone from a 16 to a 6. I have been at goal weight and maintaining for about a year and a half now.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jkr View Post
                      Let me guess. You've done Weight Watchers a lot? ;-)

                      Having a set goal is different than your body deciding where it is healthy at.

                      I'm 5'10 and 140lbs eating this way.
                      LOL no I have not. I am 5'9 and before I got pregnant I worked my ass off and lost 50 lbs to get down to 140lbs. This consisted of watching my food intently , and working out at least an hour intensely a day.I was seriously fit and looked great, but it was a struggle to work out that hard and eat that well everyday. I actually went down to 135lbs when I had my tonsils removed and couldn't eat for almost 2 weeks (infection ) .. I looked seriously ill, so that is probably too low for me. So here I am post baby, and appx 150lbs, 3 weeks into primal - dropped 8 lbs (without working out due to an injury). The weight seems to be falling off, so I wasn't sure if it will just stop when its ready. I finally am able to workout again, and just started crossfit.
                      So I guess I will just watch what my body tells me, and perhaps watch my body fat percentage also.

                      Thanks for the tips

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                      • #12
                        I started at a decent weight to begin with, but I'm not having to limit intake at all anymore. Eating as much as I like, I'm stuck at this weight (bar the muscle I'm gaining).
                        Your body will find a healthy weight/shape/body-fat-% and stick to it for you.
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                        • #13
                          I would not go for a certain number, more for a "fit and lean" feeling (mind, not fitness model/competitor lean). I am 5'10 and my "happy" weight fluctuates between 140-145. I was going for 140 or less but then I have gained a couple of pounds in muscle after quitting anti-androgen birth control, so now I don't think I would go under 140 even with very clean eating. Basically, I think my body stays at the perfect weight, if I eat clean but above maintenance cals. Unfotunately eating clean at this time of year is next to impossible.
                          Crossfit will help a lot - it's a great fat loss tool. I have just started as well Just have to be very careful and not get injured or overtrained. Good luck!

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                          • #14
                            I'm in maintenance now --- The weight/fat ratio seems to be fine. My body currently likes to be around 145lbs, down from 161. I haven't changed my eating and I've slighltly increased my carbs. I eat until I'm full, I'm not regularly tracking calories anymore. My goal is to be fitness queen in 2013. So, I've recently registered for CrossFit and I will be racing in some 5 and 10km races in 2013. I have found that my eating habits have permanently changed and I don't generally have cravings so I eat the same kinds of food day in and day out (it's morning at work and I"m having my cup of bone broth) -- while my poor hubster next to me is radically sick with an obnoxious cold/chest thing that won't relinquish him. I asked him if he'd like bone broth rather than coffee, to which he replied, "no". Right then! Charge on, solider! Anyway, you get my drift ---- I feel amazing with loads of energy and my back is finally healing from this herniated disc issue.

                            Quick funny story: I haven't seen my friends for about 6 months (since starting paleo), and last night we had our X-mas gathering at a pub. Everyone was SHOCKED when they saw me ---- and everyone said, "Clearly you are working out!" -- which I haven't been. Anyway, when the menus came around, people around the table started recommending to me the various salads on the menu. I ordered the 10oz steak with steamed veggies. You should have seen their faces when I demolished every last bite! It was hilarious. The thinking of loss weight = salads and low fat is rampant and flawed --- seriously flawed. Anyway, just a funny story to share around this Christmas season. /Lu
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                            F, 48, 5'10"
                            Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                            Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                            Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                            • #15
                              I was never able to reach the goal look. I would get close, and then my controls will slack and I will eat my way back up to higher fat and it takes a while to muster to go back down. I always wanted flat stomach and 25" in the waist line, and no visible bulge on the outer thigh with a large pronounced deltoid when arm is not flexed, and a good def on hamstring/quad. Never got there. My muscles always look smothered in fat and only pop when arms are flexed.

                              So, I have not achieved a goal, but being close to the goal for me is achieved by finding the ways to keep fat at bay without suffering. I tried many things, and had to ditch things like cold exposure, fasting and VLC as causing too much suffering to bear for me personally.
                              Last edited by Leida; 12-19-2012, 07:47 AM.
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