The longer I spend in maintenance, the more narrow and the more aware I am of my carb window. The space between loss, maintenance, and gain is a very narrow window. I really enjoyed this blog post from Dr. Berkeley about carbs and holiday eating. Read the article here
- I eat from a Paleo/Primal template that is lower carb over all. It helps the most.
- I can drop from 1 in season fruit and one serving of berries to just one serving of berries and loose weight, then sustain the loss. That's pretty awesome. (<80 to loose, 80-100 to maintain, 100+ to gain)
- I've maintained 2 months out of 10 without tracking my food ( I track my weight and make adjustments, as needed)
- I realize how important it is to eat whole, very little processed foods. Both for physical and emotional health.
- I can still eat fruit, not everyone who goes through a major weight transformation can maintain eating fruit.
- I live in an area that has pretty tasty seasonal fruit at the farmers market.
- I still have slippery slope thinking around fruit sometimes (dates, raisins, even Lara bars)
- I've got to watch my food choices when I'm traveling. Fruit is pretty portable, so I have plan well in advance.
- No cooking paelo-fied deserts with dried fruit. (this is probably a good thing)
- My carb window has changed over the 10 months. What worked in months 1-3 doesn't work in months 7-10 of weight maintenance.
- It's pretty obvious to me now, why I re-gained the weight the other times at goal weight.
Anyhoo, just recognizing it and keeping my carbs and tools for dealing with weight maintenance is a total win in my book.
Has anyone else noticed a change over time with carbs & fruits? I tangled with a Lara bar over the weekend ( this is good with coffee as I holiday shop late night- slippery slope and 2 pound gain!) The extra 31 grams of carbs put me over the line. I know better. Onward! Good learning, anyway.