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You’ve reached your goal weight! Congratulations!
Now to maintain it!
Guess what? It’s not a straight line. That’s the bad news.
But also.. Averages matter! That’s the good news.
Maintaining a weight loss doesn’t mean that a graph of your weight would result in a single straight line for eternity, where you weigh exactly the same number every time you step on a scale.
Fluctuation happens! It’s inevitable– so don’t beat yourself up too much!
Some days a few pounds higher, some days a few pounds lower.
When you settle into regular maintenance of a weight loss, you’ll find that the ups and downs can be infuriating. “I was perfect yesterday, why is my weight up 3 pounds??”
Bodies are strange – maybe you had some soy sauce on your sushi yesterday and the high salt content is causing you to retain water.
Also, the opposite – “I binged last night – why did I lose 2 pounds?”
Neither one is the end of the world – in long-term weight management it’s all about trends!
What you will find over time is that
• the average of your weight management efforts will determine how you are maintaining.
• If you follow your plan, eat right and exercise, MOST of the time, you will stay within your desired range.
• If you only follow your plan when it’s convenient, you will see an upward trend on the scale.
• It’s all going to average out over time, and that’s why collecting data is so important.
Journaling, tracking your exercise, and weighing yourself regularly will allow you to build up a history and familiarity with your numbers, so that you know what works and what doesn’t to keep you in the range you want to be in.
Weight management – it’s a zone, not a number!