A weight update after three-plus years of eating real food and cutting portions - real life results to a way we were meant to eat.
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Since writing the series about my life-long issues with weight a few years ago and then sharing with you how the extra weight finally came off when I started eating real foods and practicing portion control, I've gotten a number of requests for a weight update. Which is basically just asking for an answer to this question:
"Have you maintained the weight loss?"
Which I totally get. Especially since I came out with a couple of eBooks around the topic. I mean, here I'm telling you that something worked for me, so it's only natural to want to know if it really worked for the long haul.
We've all read or heard of the stories of weight loss where the person gains back the weight (and sometimes more, ugh) - sheesh, what am I saying? I've been that person.
So I've been meaning to share with you for awhile that I'm not that person anymore. Eating real food (with an occasional splurge) and practicing portion control is not a diet, it's the way we were meant to eat.
So I find it a lot easier to keep on track - or to get back on track if the pounds start to creep back.
The result is that I have stayed within 5 pounds of my original weight loss for more than three years now! It's seriously the easiest maintenance I've ever experienced because I don't feel like I'm dieting, eating differently from others, or depriving myself.
Have I ever gained weight?
Yes (the 5 pound fluctuation mentioned above), and I think it's directly related to the amount of my food - I'm not gonna lie, it's just plain hard sometimes to keep the portions in check when they are so out-of-whack in our culture.
Especially the idea that "it's good for me, so I can have a lot of it."
I've found that too much food is too much, period.
And when I'm eating reasonable portions that are right for my body (NOT what the USDA or a label tells me is a portion) all the time, my stomach doesn't get used to larger portions at all. There's no feast-and-famine to make me want more food.
Another reason I've found it easy to stay within a target range is because, well, it is easy. I don't have to write down everything I eat, record calories, log into an app 3-5 times a day, or eat special foods.
And while these things may work for some people, they have never worked for me long term because, seriously, who has time for that? There's a ton of things I'd rather be doing with my time.
Not to mention that doing all that writing, thinking, recording, and planning just causes me to obsess about food - what I can have, what I can't have, what I did have and what I will have.
It's like food, food, food, all.the.time. And I don't want to think about it all the time - it's taken up way too much of my life as it is!
But if I don't think about it, isn't that like giving up?
Well, my body got used to eating smaller portions, so it lets me know if I've eaten too much - it keeps track of that for me.
The tips and tricks I used to help get me on track to healthy eating have also become second nature - I thought about them a lot in the beginning, but they're just a part of life now (you won't find me without a bag of nuts in my purse, and I use a measuring cup to add granola to my bowl).
And of course I think about food during meals or menu planning - that's when you should after all, ha! I have to consciously keep my food portions small and that comes into play almost every meal. So I'm not giving up diligence or eating healthy - I'm giving up obsessing about it.
And it's freeing.
To eat real, whole foods that taste good and maintain a healthy weight - even as I age? (cough, cough) Yes - that's a pretty good place to be, and if I can get to that place then I know you can, too, if you feel like you should.
Making smart food choices and eating less - that's something everyone can do. Even for the long haul.
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