The Not-So-Secret Answer to Weight-Loss Maintenance

 

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The secret to losing weight

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Consistency is key in maintaining weight loss, and these seven tips will help. If you’re finding it challenging to stick with your weight-loss goals, you’re not alone. Perhaps you find your weight fluctuates, and a permanent loss of pounds feels impossible, but there’s hope. There’s no magic pill when it comes to weight-loss maintenance; rather, multiple lifestyle factors work together to preserve your weight and health.

Focusing on sustainable eating changes, regular activity, social support and self-compassion in the face of setbacks is your best bet for achieving a healthy weight that lasts a lifetime. Paying attention to dietary choices and exercise can help maintain weight loss. Identifying situations, such as negative moods and interpersonal difficulties, and using alternative methods of coping with such situations rather than eating can prevent returning to old habits. Over time, weight loss maintenance may become easier, requiring less intentional effort.” Related: 11 Things Dietitians Wish You’d Stop Doing When Trying to Lose Weight Phelan also noted that since successful weight loss is associated with a variety of health benefits, the improved quality of life the participants in the first group may feel. Fiber and Weight Loss What makes fiber the not-so-secret key to weight loss?

Since fiber adds bulk to foods and binds to water, it provides a feeling of fullness and satisfaction after a meal. High-fiber foods also take more time and effort to eat since there is more chewing involved. The goal is to maintain your lean muscle through the weight-loss phase, not to bulk up., so focus on doing a total body strength training workout one to three times per week (a minimum of once per week). Use light to moderately heavy weights. Leave at least 48 hours between strength training sessions.

You could lose weight based on your diet alone. But to maintain weight loss, physical activity is an absolute must, says James O. Hill, PhD, co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, a. Weight maintenance may be easier to accomplish if you pay attention to the types and amounts of carbs that you eat.

Eating too many refined carbs, such as white bread, white pasta. The National Weight Control Registry was founded in 1994 to try to further that discussion. The Registry’s goal is to identify successful weight loss maintainers and study the habits, behaviors, skills and attitudes they share. Currently, the Registry tracks more than 10,000 Americans over the age of 18 who have maintained at least a 30-pound weight loss for a year or longer.

SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS MAINTENANCE. The perception of the general public is that no one ever succeeds at long-term weight loss. This belief stems from Stunkard and McLaren-Hume’s 1959 study of 100 obese individuals, which indicated that, 2 y after treatment, only 2% maintained a weight loss of 9.1 kg (20 lb) or more ().More recently, a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.

List of related literature:

Several registry members described their weight-loss maintenance strategies in a New York Times article.

“Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety Created the American Food Revolution” by S. Margot Finn
from Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety Created the American Food Revolution
by S. Margot Finn
Rutgers University Press, 2017

This article reviews information obtained from observational and experimental studies on successful weight loss maintenance.

“Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition” by Benjamin Caballero, Lindsay Allen, Andrew Prentice
from Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
by Benjamin Caballero, Lindsay Allen, Andrew Prentice
Elsevier Science, 2005

Maintenance and relapse after weight loss in women: behavioral aspects.

“Williams Textbook of Endocrinology” by Shlomo Melmed, MBChB, MACP, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, P. Reed Larsen, MD, FRCP, Henry M. Kronenberg, MD
from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology
by Shlomo Melmed, MBChB, MACP, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

The article concludes with general recommendations for achieving successful weight loss maintenance.

“Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition” by Elsevier Science
from Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
by Elsevier Science
Elsevier Science, 2012

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Losing Weight (McQuillan, 1998) and Dieting for Dummies (Kirby, 1998) are well-rounded books that include sensible weight loss strategies, tips for spotting fraudulent fad diets, and healthy approaches to long-term lifestyle changes promoting weight maintenance.

“Handbook of Obesity Treatment” by Thomas A. Wadden, Albert J. Stunkard
from Handbook of Obesity Treatment
by Thomas A. Wadden, Albert J. Stunkard
Guilford Publications, 2004

Thus, Perri et al. (1988) found that subjects who received 1 year of biweekly maintenance meetings following 20 initial weeks of behavioral treatment maintained their full end-of-treatment weight loss at the end of the follow-up year.

“International Handbook of Behavior Modification and Therapy: Second Edition” by Alan S. Bellack, Michel Hersen, Alan E. Kazdin
from International Handbook of Behavior Modification and Therapy: Second Edition
by Alan S. Bellack, Michel Hersen, Alan E. Kazdin
Springer US, 2012

Additionally, several studies show that follow-up classes that reinforce diet and exercise behavior modification are effective in maintaining long-term weight-loss outcomes (Weinsier et al., 2002; Bronner and Boyington, 2002).

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
from Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

Although successful weight maintenance strategies have yet to be defined, there are many reflective articles that consider the reasons behind the prevention of weight gain (Swinburn & Egger, 2002).

“Manual of Dietetic Practice” by Joan Gandy
from Manual of Dietetic Practice
by Joan Gandy
Wiley, 2019

A study of more than 8,000 dieters who lost 10% of their starting weight and kept it off for at least a year reported that their number-1 successful weight loss maintenance strategy—cited by 81% of respondents—was exercise (Dieting, 2002).

“Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals” by David Haber, PhD
from Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals
by David Haber, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2013

It is the secret that the diet and exercise industry knows that keeps you coming back again and again and keeps you frustrated and unfulfilled.

“I've Made Up My Mind...Don't Confuse Me with the Facts!” by Chris Axon
from I’ve Made Up My Mind…Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts!
by Chris Axon
Xulon Press, Incorporated, 2007

Alexia Lewis RD

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  • Thank you so much for your video! You have every reason to be super proud of yourself! I am experiencing this scenario now, as I seemed to gain 10 pounds in the space of 3 days (and I always keep my carbohydrates super low for health reasons, so it’s not even from carbohydrates)! Finding your video helped me feel super encouraged to know that I’m not alone, so I will just consider these fluctuations normal, and maintain my motivation and sanity! When I attend social events, everyone is always eating and drinking, but I only have mineral water (which fortunately is quite satiating for me). Then again, I don’t visit family or friends, which I think would be awfully difficult. Thanks again, Ally! Cheers from The Netherlands.

  • 40 years ago before I gained weight and weighed 100-120 when I ate a meal my skinny little stomach pooched out. Food and liquids weigh something! I agree with others, maybe weigh yourself once a week and get a new goal. Stop focusing on tiny ups and downs. Instead find something that you’re super excited about, and that’s challenging. Maybe exercise? I could see you aiming for a triathlon!

  • Glad you did this video i am the same. I just hit goal this year at 150 in March and I do the same thing you do I fluctuate between 5 and 10 pounds weekends are bad for me ����‍♀️

  • I got through Thanksgiving eating Keto. Your veggie stuffing was fabulous! I even lost weight, which surprised me because I feel like I ate a little more than I should. I don’t know how I will fare at Christmas and New Years. Just trying to keep plugging along making one good choice at a time.
    I love how candid you are.

  • I think when people have gone through a big weight loss journey like you did that after the excitement of reaching the goal has passed that it feels like something is missing

  • Hi, Ally,
    Family probably doesn’t understand.
    They are used to you as you were.
    The NEW YOU is threatening to them.
    However, you are also a model of
    what they can become.
    I am so very proud of you, Ally..!!
    You have done so very well!!!!!!!

  • Maintenance mode is definitely more of a challenge. I never was in maintanance mode longer than a year. Always fell back into old habits. But over the years, my sugar binging times got less and more decent. And I got easier back on track with my diets. Ally, don’t worry about a few pounds. You are such a nice charakter, that’s what makes you really pretty!
    As for the holidays…I try to go for moderate carbs, allow myself restricted treats ( e.g. gonna buy some high quality marzipan, low in sugar, I love that!) and just focus on enjoying the nonfood parts of x-mas. Like family, freetime, presents and all that fancy decoration.

  • With ya. 240 on Sunday and 228 on Wed. I do cheat a bit by eating the bun or 3 satsumas. I need to get more energy to keep me from lagging and looking for a quick fix.

  • Water weight is from carbs on keto. I fluctuate about 5 lbs. That’s why I changed to carnivore plus IF. It’s almost like you’re obsessing your way to an eating disorder.

  • Ally you have accomplished an amazing loss. You sound like you are working on maintenance satisfaction. You are balancing satisfaction with the Muscle and friends and socializing, that’s awesome! Be kind to you, it’s a new level of goodness in your life. Take the focus off the fear of losing the life you now have and the guilt of learning a new level of enjoyment.you know your parameters, so work within it. Love your life that you have worked assiduously for and relax, go to your heart and intuition. It always helps you! Reach for the JOY gf! The rest will work out ��

  • Maintenance is a constant struggle. During my 120 lb weight loss EVERYONE showered compliments, support & peer pressure on watching what I ate. Now I am a normie there are tons who did not know me fat. Eating Keto for over a year has been a blessing making maintenance much easier. Fashion is my new hobby & even if I don’t buy making sure I stay the same size.

  • That’s so normal, Ally. Please don’t beat yourself up about it. I was thin my whole life, but I weighed myself daily and adjusted my diet daily. If I knew I was going out, I’d lower my food intake for a couple of days before and after. Finally, around menopause, I got so tired of it, gave up, and now I’m fat. So just accept that monitoring is just a part of life.
    You’re an incredible inspiration. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  • I am able to maintain my weight loss through omad I eat my meal at dinner and  eat whatever I want, have done this for 3 months now and still at my same weight, I love this way of eating it lets me have what I want at least once per day.

  • I think we all have ups and downs. Try only weighing once a week and on like Friday morning so you have a whole week to come down from the weekend.

  • Maybe share something you like instead of the whole thing. Hmm I need to do this. I have teens who eat junk food and I hate that I can’t say no

  • I’m looking for answers after I lost more weight than I wanted to. Been doing KETO for more than 2 years and then past the weight I wanted to be at, it was feeling like a runaway train… I couldn’t stop losing weight. I’m now trying to gain 10 lbs but it’s not happening.
    What do you do without going back to the old way of eating…HELP!!!

  • Putting on weight at weekends and losing it during the week is maintenance. Don’t beat yourself up. Your doing a great job and you’ve done a brilliant job. Life is about eating and having fun with family and friends. Live it and enjoy. You are awesome.

  • Ally for 14 minutes I had goosebumps. Everything you said was an exact mirror of what I’m going through myself. You Are Not Alone. I’m sure as soon as I have a chance to read the other comments there will be others just like you. I lost 80 lb many years ago kept it off for 15 years. But in the last 10 years it’s really been a struggle. PS I like my clothes on my 150lb self too…lol

  • I’m with ya with the wine!!! LOL You look beautiful. Our weight definitely naturally fluctuates on an hourly basis, but it can be very scary when you have had a weight problem. You are doing great just keeping on top of it. I believe if you can be strict about your diet through the week, you can enjoy a bit extra on the weekend-all while keeping an eye that it doesn’t get out of control. I really appreciate all your videos; they are always informative, real, and fun. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!!

  • I feel you. My weight creeping up again. It happen when we got slack. The world are laced with sugar and carbs. Got to go back keto.

  • I am overeating keto for the holidays. I’m getting close to my goal and trying to slow it down because I’m not looking forward to maintaining!

  • I’m about halfway to my goal-started in April, but stalled in the past couple months (not counting carbs lately). I definitely plan to keep goingThat being said, if i’m not doing the cooking, I’m not going to expect Keto friendly items to be there. Some know HOW I’ve lost the weight and some don’t. If I want to stay on plan, I will bring something to supplement, but I do also want to enjoy my holiday with my baby girl/extended family, within reason. So I plan on a “part and part holiday”. Currently “maintain-where-I-am” is my goal for the holidays. I happen to be cooking for a few days this year, so i’ll get to control more of my food than in years past. Come January it’s back to it and hopefully past my stall as well to reach my final goal! Merry Christmas and good luck to everyone with their WOE plans this holiday.

  • For thanksgiving I went off keto entirely for 4 days then went back on. By yesterday, I was under my pre thanksgiving weight so I figure I’ll do the same at Christmas

  • Yeah. The family company wonders why you aren’t going to “camp out” around the breakfast table! They don’t intend to cause pressure, but…..
    Can always do some tea with the “proper” sweetner…
    Thanks Ally, for sharing all these thoughts!
    I do like your little Christmas corner! I’ll be cooking for family for a week! I plan to stay true to the plan. Merry Christmas!

  • I will stray from keto every now and then as well but I will be Keto for the rest of my life �� I’m also in the maintaining phase and I agree it is a little more challenging than losing…

  • Hey there Miss Mcwowie…I’m 9 lbs from my goal of 250….the under 300 goal was the one that meant the most to me so far…..I’m tall 6’5 and don’t wanna be a bean pole…wondering how to maintain without eating all the carbs,I don’t wanna go back to feeling aweful… slowly add a extra carb or 2?…maybe more of same foods I’ve used to lose?so its mostly a hit and miss type a thing…enjoyed the vid..thanks for sharing

  • Yes it has to be long term effort, an effort you are willing to maintain until your death basically, we live in 2020 and you know its capitalism and self pleasure to the extrem of extrems, we dont live in normal society so if you want to maintain anything you have to put an effort all the time as long as you live in this society, if you go live in the mountain or in the forest and you eat normaly then you effort can be lesser..

  • This is excellent! One of my goals has always been to focus on long-term results such as weight and emotional health. I think getting into the registry will be my new goal one year from now. ☺

    Thank you!

  • It sounds like you are already well aware of the issues that continue to pop up, which seem to be mental. I don’t drink for religious reasons. But I can still be social and be with those who do drink and have a good time. It all goes back to what you are talking about. Your expectations. Do you expect to not enjoy yourself like Mother’s Day because you are being strict? Or do you think that having a good time means overindulging with wine (which can lead to overindulging in other things)? Why does it have to be one way or the other? Is there no middle ground where you can draw a line that you find acceptable (one drink, for instance) that will allow you to be reasonably strict but also feel like you are enjoying yourself? You said in other videos that you plan out and write down what you will eat beforehand. If that is what makes you feel most comfortable, why not continue that on weekends and see how you feel?

  • From 230 lbs down to 160 lbs I’m ok with that but like you say all of sudden I gain 4 to 5 pounds in a day. Struggling with that is very frustrating ��. Thanks for sharing love your videos

  • Those ppl going out eating like that hit 40 and have years of insulin resistance that takes off due to hormonal changes with aging and dont have a healthy routine like yourself and gain 50 pounds overnight and wonder why.

  • Remember your going out with friends and family to be with them and enjoy their company. The food shouldn’t be the focus:-) Best wishes

  • Really? His mispronunciation of one word is that important? “Wow, he used an incorrect word! That is so offensive I can no longer find value in any of the other words he DID use correctly!” Grow up.

  • Thank you for sharing your struggle. I lost almost 100 pounds and have put half back on after 3 years. It has been so hard to get back on track. Maintenance is the true struggle. I failed. I completely agree with you.

  • I’m a fan & love your honesty!! I’m 56, 5’2” & have to stay strict on my carbs & protein due to insulin resistance. 5% C & 20% protein. Only 800 to 1000 cal. / day. It’s the only way Keto works for me. I’ve lost 26 lbs so far, got about 50 more…You’re keep it simple woe helps. If I increase my protein even a little bit like 23% I gain & decrease ketone production….it seems like you have tolerated a little extra carbs from the wine in the past, I’m wondering if the carnivore switch is making you so reactive due to the protein. Just a thought. Thanks for your posts!!

  • Love your background this week. My 2 Cents thinks you need to have a new goal in your life. I know you have a limited budget but maybe you and The Muscle need to take up a new hobby or since your schedules aren’t the same maybe you need something to do when he isn’t available. When you guys go out do you do anything at these outings besides eating and drinking? Maybe you could play pool or toss darts at the local pub. Or go some place where there is dancing to really upbeat music so you are spending more energy while out instead of with a glass in your hand adding to your water weight. There are other drinks that have less water retention especially if you are active while you are drinking them. And lots of skinny/trim people just pack around a plate of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine and just never eat or drink them that way they look like everyone else and they still have the image of being just one of the party. You have come a long way and thanks for all your tips and stories about how your journey progressed. Happy Holidays to you, The Muscle and your families. You will figure this out and one day wonder why it seemed such a dilemma.

  • I think you are doing great. You look great. I know there are diets or people that will eat less during the week and eat more on the weekend to maintain weight. Girl I hear you I am at maintain ance mode but I have the same issue. I love my wine too and nuts meat and cheese I will gain on the weekend and loose it during the week I think it’s o.k.

  • As long as you’re losing what you gain, especially if it’s keto foods there shouldn’t be a problem. Unless your heath is suffering. Enjoying and staying keto is fantastic. Don’t beat yourself up unless it really bothers you, then don’t do it. BTW love your xmas stockings!

  • I am so excited for the winter break (teacher here!). I am switching my gym membership to a gym with a pool and weight training classes. They are even open on Christmas, so I can go every day! I can drink all the water I want and go to the restroom whenever! I can cook all my meals and practice some new keto recipes. I can’t wait to up my keto game this holiday!

  • Maintenance should be easy. If you have a strong foundation from what you’ve learned while losing then it’ll come naturally.

    The problem with restrictive diets is that most can’t do them for the long haul. That’s what makes them ‘difficult’ and people quit and go back to old habits, reversing any progress made.

    I eat one meal a day whatever I want no food groups restricted and I lost 60 pounds and have kept it off for over a year now. Maintenance is as easy for me as losing is.

    Just have to find the right plan.

  • Ally, you are amazing, look at how far you have come. There are a lot of people who can’t say the same thing, stay positive girl! Try not weighing yourself so often, I think in one video you mentioned you are weighing everyday, try weighing 1 time a week then go to 1 time a month. I used to do the same thing but weighing myself so often really depressed me and not weighing so much has really helped. I have been keto for 5 years and have lost and maintained the loss, total of 95 pounds. Try not to focus on the weigh shifts, partly it will happen due to our time of the month and hormones. Don’t be so hard on yourself as you have come a long way and are doing great!!

  • Wow, this is exactly what I am going thru now! I lost 180 lbs 3.5 years ago with gastric bypass and the going up and down 10 lbs every week is putting me in panic mode every week. I am so glad we are all here to help each other out.

  • How could i get a copy of your keto AND low carb. Bible.Please help me
    You are so pretty,it is hard at christmas for me,i like to eat veg mostly.

  • Ok, first off you are totally adorable. And second of all, I applaud you for your honesty. Weight maintenance is hard and at 42 years of age, I have yet to ever successfully maintain a weight loss. I’m currently keto and steadily losing and finally feeling like this is a WOE that I can do for the rest of my life. I think you genuinely know that it’s ok to not be perfect in the sense of having a few more calories on weekends but you have to reconcile yourself with how that makes you feel in terms of dealing with the increased water weight. I gained 6 lbs in water weight from Christmas and am still trying to lose that. It was incredibly demoralizing. But know that you are not alone and you are doing an incredible job maintaining your weight, regardless of any fluctuations in water weight. The one thing I have realized from watching those around me who are naturally thin is that 1) they eat pretty healthy on a consistent basis and also exercise on a regular basis so that if they do indulge, it is offset by their daily efforts and 2) if they do indulge they are strict the day after. I truly don’t think that you can have it all and I think that being social and being around good people should be the reward, not the foods associated with the outing. Keep up the great content Ally. Thanks so much.

  • Thank you, that was really helpful. I reached my weight loss goal and easily maintained until the last 4 months. I’m good one day and eating candy or cookies the next. Just lost my motivation. Your pep talk has inspired me to start setting tiny goals for myself that I know I can make. I think the mini goals will get me from week to week and back on track. Thanks.

  • Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this. I have lost 125 lbs with 25 lbs to go. For the first time on keto, i struggled with motivation. There arent a lot of people who have successfully maintained. Your voice serves as a real niche in the keto community.

  • Ally…you’re doing great! Thanks for sharing reminding me that this process is NEVER linear. Once we reach our ‘ideal’ goal weight the opportunity…not the challenge is to continue to navigate the ups and downs of our relationship with and to food. When we reach our goals, we’re not done-that was just Phase 1. The good news is that you have such great insight into what things you can do to get your body where it wants to be. You know your triggers, you understand the social aspect of eating and how the holidays can be riddled with landmines of food, drink and overindulgence. I think you’ll be fine-but thank you for sharing. You’re such a inspiration to many people. It’s important for those on a weight loss journey to understand that it is not linear. It is a process. It takes time.

  • Thank you for addressing this issue! You just nailed why so many of people lose and gain it all back. You are truly an inspiration.

  • I know the struggle is real
    I put two months of eating once a day then cutting calories on keto to just eat a big fajita and drank maybe a four ounces of salsa once which could have only been 20 carbs max I woke back up the next morning and decided to weight my self it was freaking nine pounds heavier. I was freaking contemplating suicide then the two days later it went down eight pounds like wtf. I just figure I will have to lose 20 pounds to know for good I lost ten after getting out of keto with a full stomach.

  • I’m in the same boat (I love my wine also). I know it’s just water weight, but it still Is annoying. Best thing about Keto, once your at your goal weight, you can live life and have a bit of fun. Because we know how to get back on track easily. Thanks for sharing ally

  • You have really great on screen presence. I love how open you are with your story. I have had my own struggles this holiday season. I convinced myself that I could indulge but maintain and I actually over did it, so I definitely gained. I didn’t look up any tips, just thought I could do it on my own accord. That was not the case but I am back on a good track and will definitely be watching more of your videos for inspiration:-) Liza

  • No carbs no sugar for the last 4 months. Lost 30lb. Just back from eating out with family after lockdown. Had meat, plenty of greens and….. 1 chocolate eclair. Now back home. On the toilet every 10 mn……sugar is POISON

  • Thanks for being real! Remember that you are defined by your weight.. you are beautiful and enjoy your life that God has blessed you. 1 Samuel 16:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

    7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

  • I cheated on Thanksgiving, I had rolls and gravy went up 6.9lbs!!! Took me the week to lose it bleh! But I feel the same struggles…trying to socialize, especially with ppl constantly commenting on all my progress and telling me a margarita won’t hurt my progress and it totes sucks!

  • Thanks for talking about this. It is very frustrating and to hear it coming from someone else is fantastic. You really inspired me to keep going.

  • If you are able to eat as you want on the weekends and still maintain your overall weight that’s a great place to be I think, no need to stop it.

  • No kidding! Maintenance is harder than weight loss. I think mainly because of my “reward” mentality… “I met my goal, so I can do a little extra” and then the reality of the scale hits… “Freak out, struggle, fight it, buckle down, repeat the process” over and over and over again. Like you said, Goals are really important.

  • Wow you are in such a good place! It’s so nice to hear you say what I’m feeling! I love your categories and the way you make so much sense♥️ You’ve really helped me!

  • Thank you for sharing. Although Im not at my goal yet Im also struggling with this. Lost 103 pounds so far and been going up and down the same 6-9 pounds every 3 weeks. For example over Hanukkah I have not tracked but eaten low carb but just more. So in 1 week I’ve put on 7 pounds. So frustrating especially when I have a ways to go.

  • I’ve been on maintenance for about nine months and I struggle all the time with it. I gain and lose the same 2-3 pounds every single week. I gain on the weekends, and lose it all by Friday usually. I have kept on an extra couple of pounds this week, and I’m unhappy being at my upper personal limit since it makes me nervous. But enjoy your holidays and your life, and don’t beat yourself up for what you may feel is a little bit of failure (although it’s not really “failure”).

  • What your doing is fine..your at your goal…enjoying your husband and family on weekends and strict during the week…Life is meant to create memories…for appetizers eat the inside of pigs in a blanket,,theres always olives, pepperoni, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts..cheese…spinach dip with pork rinds (bring your own and put out for all to enjoy) My family does low fat, I do keto…so going out they think frozen yogurt or a hot pretzel is an appetizer….its hard but You are the living proof it works and you don’t want to fall back into that old mindset that got you fat in the first place…so moderation of eating is key…thanks for posting! Happy Holidays..love your tree

  • After giving it a month or so I have seen / felt results! I plan to continue taking this product. The customer service at Weight Loss Green Store Tea has been wonderful as well.

  • I don’t know about any of you, but I do Keto until the holidays start and until they are over-lol. I have been off it since Thanksgiving and will go back to it the beginning of January 2019. And yes I do eat whatever I want during my 6 weeks of all day and everyday cheating. I have actually not gained much weight at all ( roughly 5 pounds) so it will be quick to lose. It is not worth it to never cheat!

  • Don’t give up, no food binge ( or drink ) is worth the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual torment of regaining fat. You are living like a ‘ normal weight ‘ person. �� It’s work.

  • I am so grateful for your willingness to be honest and share your real struggles. It’s so funny because I am still in the process of losing weight and I have never in my life been at the point where you are at now… I’ve not even thought about what it would be like to have to maintain until listening to you. WOW! I hear you and I can really empathize. I thought the way that you identified those problem areas was helpful! As I was listening to you, I was thinking that I wonder if your mini-goals are super motivating to you? I mean girl, I am way less than an expert and especially compared to you… but it was just something that struck me as I heard you talking. Like what if you had some new fitness goal that you never had before… like teaching a class or climbing a mountain or who knows? Just a thought! I kicked my wine habit about 1 1/2 years ago and haven’t had a sip since. There are moments that it has been hard, but I can honestly say I have not regretted it. Sparkling water with lime is my go-to going-out drink. ;). Ally, I am so thankful for your channel and for you! I only found you about a month ago and I am loving your videos —-> I wish you so much success + joy! XO

  • I agree. Maintenance has been hard for me too. Instead of stressing individual meals I use fasting days to keep in a 3 pound window. I do 16/8 even on weekends and 23/1 when I want to lose weight. My goal is my next CAC scan to have less coronary calcium.

  • hey
    im not on keto just a calorie deficit
    from experience when going from losing to mainatance would u add all the extra calories at once or adding small Cals thouroght time?

  • You are so down to earth and seem like such a nice person!! I appreciate you sharing your feelings, I have been nervous about some future vacation plans I have coming up and how I’m going to handle it all, with lowcarb eating, social eating, over eating…you get it. You’re right. It is all about finding a balance!!!! We can find balance. We can do this.

  • Here’s the thing Ally, keto isn’t a religion. The keto police aren’t going to take you to jail if you break ketosis. If want to enjoy the holidays then you might be out of ketosis for a week or two but plan to get right back to it after. It’s what you worked so hard for so enjoy. Reasonably. Just my thought.

  • Don’t you think that normal weight people, (they never had a weight problem), do exactly what you’re doing? They gain a bit of weight and so they do what they need to do to get back down? I think your maintenance might be exactly what “normies” do. Now, I know you’ve said your a foodaholic and you choose to be very careful. What you’re saying is you’ve figured out what you need to do to overall maintain your weight. Up a little, down a little. Thanks for sharing your struggles. I appreciate your honesty. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

  • Once you’ve lost the weight it’s easy to lose sight of what drove you there in the first place. I was heavy, but not obese so it was more health that convinced me to lose weight and try my hardest to keep it off. That plus an inability to digest plant food.

    One advantage to going full carnivore is that the longer you abstain from plants the less you are able to digest them if you decide to try them again. Last time I tried a salad it tasted foreign to me and I actually felt sick following it. No cheating here.

    Almost as an aside, you are the second person I’ve seen this week that seems to be ok with large overnight gains in weight. It seems to me that fluctuating more than 1-2 pounds either way indicates something you shouldn’t have eaten.

  • Hi Ally.. thanks for sharing.. i needed to hear this.. i am also in maintenance mode.. i do keto carnivore as well.. and i do have a bit of 90% dark chocolate with avo.. coffee with heavy cream.. which is my weekend vice and i do over do it and put on water weight.. would you plzz do a video on a good easy workout for beginners… plzz.. so i guess we need your videos to keep us motivated.. thanks for sharing.. btw.. love your little animals on your awesome tree.. stay as sweet and friendly as you always are.. lotsa love from Johannesburg South Africa xxx

  • Great video, thank you. You’ll figure it out, I’m positive you will. One possible strategy: research several low carb drink options other than carby wine and order one of those when you’re out. If wine is your favorite, order one and nurse it. If you finish it, order water. Your friends won’t care what you’re drinking. When I went out with work colleagues years ago, it never once crossed my mind to question their food or beverage choices. Happy Holidays.

  • Thank you for watching! What specific moment led to you watching this video and seeking further information about successful weight maintenance? Comment below and let me know so I may provide you with more support!

  • Girl, I think we have the same problem. We are both going to have to get some regular cardio in there so we have more calories we can burn in social situation eating. Your fork can always outrun you, but it would give us a little leeway. Keto is supposed to be a tool to keep us from overeating. Trying to maintain my 50 pound weight loss here.

  • hey
    im not on keto just a calorie deficit
    from experience when going from losing to mainatance would u add all the extra calories at once or adding small Cals thouroght time?

  • Thanks for this video. I started making gradual changes to my life one year ago and I’ve been losing weight. It’s been a slow process and according to calculations I’ll probably have another 2 and a half years to go before I’m at my target. But it’s been a good process. Taking it slow has really helped me ease into the new habits and way of life.

  • It is hard! I reached my goal weight a year ago 226 to 160, stayed keto but slowly weight creeped up. I developed thyroid cancer had to have surgery and radioactive iodine with a low iodine diet wham up 20 pounds. Lost 10 now. I bought my cloths for 160 not 180. Keep trying it is a hard journey put we can do it WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!! I will not go back to 226! Make greatjeto foods is my goal.

  • Big shifts in weight after changes that happen after being consistent within a calorie range are something I’m used to seeing when I’m tracking that sort of thing, so that all makes sense. Happy new year!