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    Anyone at goal and maintaining?

    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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    Quote 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.
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    Quote 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?
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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by BaconLuv View Post
    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.
    You will stop losing weight when reaching homeostasis, thatís when energy expenditure and calorie intake are the same. All dieters on a reasonable diet will plateau sooner and later because of this, and when it happens you know your level of weight maintenance...

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    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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    Great question! I have been thinking the same thing!

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    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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