I went from a packaged food plan and loosing weight to a real, whole food diet with no grains, with limited dairy. My food plan for weight loss was much different than for weight maintenance. Both phases are very different and this worked well for me.
Problem to solve: Weight maintenance was uncharted territory and a place where I had not sustained my weight loss in the past.
I'm a scientist so I formed a theory:
If I use a plan that's been proven by other weight maintainers AND I customize the plan to support my life and health, then I will be successful for a longer time in weight maintenance.
I knew ALOT from past attempts, but I knew a lot less about a Primarian, Paleo, or Low Inflammatory diet. In the past, I've had Hashimoto's disease (15 years) and been overweight on and off (40 years).
1. I'd use the rules in Refuse to Regain (Barbara Berkeley, MD) spend my first year of maintenance. I'd apply the rules and customize them to transition. One "rule" was to start a 90 day "opt out" - meaning opting out of processed food and eating a Primarian style of diet, with one food off plan food that did not trigger, but was do-able. I'd also use the other guidelines in the book, since weight management involves more than food for success.
What made total sense: Not going back to a Standard American Diet.
What I had no idea: Would it work? Would eating healthy fat cause me to gain weight or throw in gallstones? I had a lot of years of traditional diets dancing in my head.
What happened in past attempts: Weight gain.
Next steps: Testing-Learning the new food template- I'll discuss what I learned in the books The Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf), Everyday Paleo (Sarah Fragoso) and more! Next blog posts...
I did follow my weight loss plan's transition plan except I did not add back in dairy or grains.
Below are photos of me eating the best orange I've ever eaten in my whole life. San Clemente Farmer's Market, Feb 2012. So sweet, so good, and an instant headache after going 10 months without fruit.
Small price to pay since the weight loss & maintenance lead to something permanent after 40 Years.
1. Planing and Problem solving effectively
What did not work
1. Not setting a solid plan, blaming myself rather than problem solving
2. Not reading more than what WW gave me.
3. Not doing what weight maintenance required