If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

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oolala53
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If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

Post by oolala53 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:15 am

I know No S isn't supposed to be about calories, but it cannot ignore the laws of physics. If you lose weight, you will need less food to sustain you than if you had never lost weight, or you will need more activity, or both. The National Weight Loss Registry (people who have maintained a loss of 30 lbs. or more for a year or more, I think) shows that the average man eats about 1,700 calories a day and the average woman about 1,400, and they on average expend about 400 calories a day in exercise! These are some pretty determined people!

Now, some ratios of macronutrients or programs or timed eating do seem to allow some people to eat more, but it's usually not more than a 200-300 hundred calories for the average person. It's pretty easy to get to that amount eating dense food. And yes, there are exceptions. (Do you think you will be one of the exceptions? The odds are against it!)

Eventually, your plates are going to have to have about the amount of food eaten by a person who weighs what you would like to weigh minus a few servings of dense food on average a day.

Of course, these are averages, but still. If you are staying faithful to No S and not losing, and you don't want to be a slave to a calorie counter, you may want to look on the net and see if you can see some images of a day's worth of food that fits these amounts and start trying to make your plates look like them.
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Re: If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

Post by LifeisaBlessing » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:13 pm

Very practical and great advice oolala--thank you! :)

In keeping with the spirit of your post, here are some pictorial examples of a plate's worth of food with different calorie counts:

How much can a plate hold?

Can you spot the difference between these two plates of food?

Of interest to note is that all of these examples are plates of "healthy" food--no "junk" food in sight. Portions do indeed count!
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Re: If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

Post by oolala53 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:32 pm

They sure do. LOVE those pics, LAB. (I'm at the point now where a plate with no green on it for lunch or dinner is hardly a meal.) I guessed right about the second link. Fewer veggies, more calories. My plates look loaded these days.

I hope that information doesn't completely demoralize people. A person doesn't have to plunge down to those amounts fast, IF she is willing to forgo weight loss itself for awhile more while she simply gets used to less dense food.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

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Re: If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

Post by Sammybunny711 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:56 am

Maintenance honestly terrifies me but I have quite a ways to go before I get there. I'd like to lose 55-65 pounds, but this is a very good point to think about. It will take less food to sustain a smaller body. Food for thought.
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Re: If you aren't losing: sobering fact about how much weight loss maintainers eat

Post by oolala53 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:22 pm

I never had an outright weight loss goal, and never did anything specific to actually lose, so I never feared I couldn't keep off what I lost. I was VERY interested in determining what was moderate eating for me and adjusting for that over time led to 40 lbs. off and maintained. (Actually I weigh less now, but from other mods for other reasons.)

BTW, also not to discourage but to be real: a woman I know on another site, a bit shorter than I am, much more consistently active than I am, who has maintained a sizable loss for years, averages about 1300 calories a day- for health reasons, she tracks her food- and is still in the low obese range. There is definitely some luck involved in this game.

I have heard of some exceptions to what I said above, but no evidence that the majority can sustain the habits that are associated with the exceptions.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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