If you are 10-20 pounds away from your goal weight-the Refuse to Regain book - by Barbara Berkeley is REQUIRED READING. Really.
Read that book, adopt, try, experiment, adapt, test, reprogram, journal, blog, tweet about it. Then re-read that book at 6 months and 12 months of weight maintenance. Take what you need from it to be successful in the first year. Not your priority like weight loss was? Make it a priority. Weight maintenance is more than eating the right foods. Food has a lot to do with it, but for some, it requires more.
I blogged about how I realized that being wheat free was something I discovered that would change my weight and health forever.
This book was the second step to what I believe to be permanent weight control. I don't fit 100% into the Paleo/Primal world. I don't fit 100% into the Weight Watchers World. I do not fit into the largest groups of weight maintainers. I do fit 98% into my best health with a structured plan I set up during transition time.Still working on the 2%!
Being wheat/grain and now dairy free probably saved my life. Or avoided a string of chronic health problems. More than just weight maintenance- my overall health is much better.
Here's what worked:
1. I could read each rule, apply it to me and take what I needed.
2. It lead me to read more about Paleo/Primal eating
3. It lead me to believe in daily weighing and quick adjustments
4. It lead me to LIVE the be tough not moderate (clean eating 24/7, with an allowable food daily)
5. It lead me to plan allowable foods- basically an off Paleo food, that does not trigger me to overeat.
6. It lead me to weight maintainers blogs, for support.
7. It lead me to talk about weight maintenance to people in real life, for support.
8. It lead me to the idea of wheat and sugar being inflammatory and to realize the barrier to good health.
9. It lead me to foods that keep me well.
What did not work in the past
1. Not having a good structure and plans in weight maintenance.
2. Not optimizing my diet with foods that help me feel great.
3. Not hopping on the scale or avoiding the scale if I knew I gained. Not weighing did not solve this!
4. Eating moderately because it was within my points, I deserved it, or it was home made.
5. Eating known trigger foods. Hello? What was I thinking? What a relief not to eat that crappy food.
6. Not reading and asking questions of the maintainers who maintain like I do.
7. Not talking to people about what worked for me. Gotta share what works.
8. Continuing to eat inflammatory, obesigenic, diabetes inducing habits.
9. I went back to the foods that made me sick.
Up soon- more photos, blood work graphs- showing before weight loss, during weight loss, and on my maintenance diet. It's become about total health as much as weight maintenance.
When you uncover your own answers, the right thing really pops out. Grab it, use it. I think grain free, processed sugar free and trigger foods free is so underused. Both in weight loss and maintenance and health priorities.