Research indicates that 95% of all dieters regain their lost weight within 5 years.
I am a “reduced obese” person who has been maintaining my body at or near a “normal” BMI for the past 13+ consecutive years, so I am one of the 5% who has maintained their weight loss for more than 5 years.
Long-term Maintenance of my very large Weight-Loss requires me to Diet continually. By this I do NOT mean that I “Yo-Yo Diet”. I mean that I must CONSISTENTLY Diet. Minute-after-minute, hour-after-hour, day-after-day, week-after-week, month-after-month, year-after year.
I am not, … nor will I ever become, … a “normal” eater who can effortlessly maintain a “normal” weight. Even after all these years of consistent weight-loss maintenance, I've found that as a "reduced obese" person, I must fight my body continually in order to keep it from taking me up back into morbid obesity.
Basically, I engage in ongoing calorie restriction. Over the years I’ve chosen to experiment with a variety of diets, ways-of-eating, lifestyles, and diets-that-claim-not-to-be-diets. However, every one of these eating variations involves restricting calories in one way or another.
I log all of my daily food in a computer journal, and keep an eye on my calorie intake.
Generally, I follow some basic eating guidelines which tend to give me freedom from specific diet rules, in the following ways.
My preferences matter. I get to say what I like and what I don’t, and I can’t be wrong.
I manage my eating in a flexible way, similar to the way I budget my money, — not spending an absolute set amount every day, but keeping an eye on the bottom line.
Financially, I live within my means. Although I don’t track every single purchase, I do look at price tags, comparison shop, and have a general idea of whether I can afford something.
I do the same with eating,
… paying attention to:
▪ The energy value (i.e. calories) in the foods I eat, or think about eating;
▪ My own energy needs (i.e. calorie burn);
▪ The health effects of certain foods (i.e. I have some protein every day; avoid foods that upset my stomach; etc.)
In this way I am able to make wiser decisions about which, and how much, food is appropriate for me and why. I choose to eat the foods I love in small amounts, while I choose to do without the foods that I don’t love or need as much.
As a grown-up, I understand that Living Life involves a multitude of basic ongoing tasks.
▪ I have to shower or bathe frequently if I want my body to be clean.
▪ I have to keep up with my laundry if I want to wear clean clothing.
▪ I have to perform various household tasks if I want to live in a clean house.
▪ I have to keep putting fuel in my car, if I want to drive places.
▪ I have to pay my utility bills if I want access to water, electricity, gas, and garbage removal.
▪ I have to diet if I want to maintain my body at a size which is considered to be “normal” in our culture.
Dieting consistently to Maintain my Weight-loss is simply one of those basic ongoing tasks.
Originally posted on January 16, 2018; Bumped up for new viewers.
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