The Truth about your lowest weight
When transitioning from weight loss to maintenance, it’s important to understand that fluctuations in weight are common. These fluctuations are not necessarily indicative of body fat changes and should not be cause for alarm. Recognizing and accepting these fluctuations can help you navigate the maintenance phase more effectively.
Your Lowest Weight Isn’t Your Forever Weight
During your weight loss journey, you may have reached a point where you saw the lowest number on the scale. However, it’s important to acknowledge that this lowest weight is often artificially low. Factors such as reduced muscle glycogen and dehydration can contribute to a lower number on the scale. Understanding this concept will help you set realistic expectations during maintenance.
Recognizing the Influence of Factors on Scale Weight
When you transition to maintenance and start consuming maintenance-level calories, it’s normal to see a slight increase in scale weight.
This increase is not necessarily indicative of body fat gain. Factors such as restored hydration, replenished muscle glycogen, and fluctuations in water retention play a role in the numbers you see on the scale. It’s essential to remember that scale weight alone does not provide a complete picture of your progress.
Maintaining a Healthy Perspective
When you witness an increase in scale weight, it’s important to avoid panicking or misinterpreting the changes. Remember that weight fluctuations are normal and can be influenced by various factors. Avoid fixating solely on the scale number and instead focus on overall well-being, body composition, and other indicators of progress.
Maintaining a healthy weight is not just about the number on the scale. It involves considering various aspects of your health and well-being. Embrace a holistic approach that includes factors like body composition, energy levels, physical fitness, and mental well-being. By shifting your focus from the scale to overall wellness, you can sustain a healthier perspective during the maintenance phase.
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Setting new goals and embracing a new path forward
Maintenance is not about “going back to your old ways”; it is about finding a new path forward. When starting any health and fitness journey, it’s crucial to shift away from the mindset of “let me get this done so I can go back to my old ways.” The old ways no longer define who we are. The goal of maintenance is to cultivate sustainable, positive habits that allow us to thrive in caloric balance, providing flexibility and freedom to live well.
Step by step guide to break bad habits
To avoid reverting back to your old ways, follow these steps to help break bad habits and embrace a new path:
1. Understand the Trigger:
Habits often have triggers or cues that lead to the behavior. Identify what triggers the habit and work to avoid or minimize those triggers. This could involve recognizing triggers associated with holidays, vacations, certain people, or specific places that prompt poor eating habits.
2. Create a Plan:
Once you have identified the habit and its triggers, develop a plan for breaking it. This plan should include specific steps you will take to avoid or replace the habit. Having a well-defined strategy increases your chances of success.
3. Set Goals:
Set realistic goals that help you stay motivated and track your progress. Ensure your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable. Having clear objectives gives you something to strive for and helps you measure your progress along the way.
4. Surround Yourself with Support:
Surround yourself with individuals who support your goals and can offer encouragement and accountability. This support network may include friends, family, or even the coaches and support group at Macros Inc. Having people who understand and cheer you on can make a significant difference in maintaining your new habits.
5. Forgive Yourself:
Breaking a bad habit and transitioning to new ways can be challenging, and setbacks may occur. It’s important to be kind to yourself and forgive any slip-ups or setbacks. Remember that progress, not perfection, is the ultimate goal. If you have a less-than-ideal day, acknowledge it, learn from it, and refocus on your goals for the next meal or day.
As you continue your maintenance journey, remember that embracing a new path forward requires leaving old habits behind. By understanding triggers, creating a plan, setting goals, seeking support, and practicing self-forgiveness, you can break free from your old ways and cultivate a healthier lifestyle.
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Setting an ideal body weight window
When it comes to setting a target weight, many of us fixate on a single number as the ultimate goal. We believe that any deviations from this number equate to failure. However, adopting such a rigid mindset sets us up for failure for several reasons.
1. Your body weight is dynamic:
It’s crucial to recognize that body weight is dynamic and constantly fluctuates. Factors unrelated to body fat mass can cause weight changes on a minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day basis.
2. You may add muscle, bone, glycogen, or other lean mass that is beneficial but adds to the scale.
This has nothing to do with your fat mass again, but does add to the scale weight. Like if you lose 50 pounds and then spend 5 years working hard at maintenance you might add 3-5 pounds of muscle and bone tissue but your scale weight is up… you shouldn’t be upset about that.
Setting a Weight Window or Interval
Instead of fixating on a specific number, consider setting a target weight as a window or interval. Here’s how it works:
Let’s say your target goal weight is 145 pounds. Rather than aiming for that exact number, create an interval such as 142-150 pounds. This range allows for slight fluctuations in body weight without triggering unnecessary concern or self-judgment.
If your body weight drops below 142 pounds for more than one week, it may be an indication to consider increasing your food intake slightly. On the other hand, if your weight surpasses 150 pounds for more than one week, you could reassess your caloric intake or increase your physical activity to bring it back within the desired range. By incorporating this flexibility, you’re more likely to stay on course without overcorrecting or becoming fixated on minor weight fluctuations.
Remember, your body weight is just one measure of your overall health and progress. Focus on other markers such as body composition, energy levels, strength, and overall well-being.
How to bounce back from a bad week
During your maintenance journey, it’s important to recognize that you will inevitably experience challenging periods, whether due to lack of focus or life’s unexpected hurdles. These moments off the path are a normal part of the process.
Don’t Let Setbacks Turn into a Long-Term Struggle
The key is to ensure that those off-track days or weeks don’t transform into months or years of regression. While it’s natural to encounter extended periods when you can’t be perfect, it’s crucial to engage in damage control to minimize the impact.
Rather than succumbing to the mentality of “it’s already bad, so I’ll just let it be bad,” focus on limiting the damage. Just as one cookie during a day of dieting doesn’t mean the entire year is ruined, don’t let problems compound. Avoid getting in your own way by succumbing to negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors.
Avoid Falling Victim to the Sunk-Cost Fallacy
We often observe individuals who allow a bad day to spiral into a bad decade. This behavior is rooted in our human tendency to follow feed-forward patterns, where one negative action leads to another. Changing course once we’re on this path can be challenging.
That’s why it’s vital to pay attention to your daily choices and make corrections as soon as possible. Don’t fall into the trap of the sunk cost fallacy, which convinces you to continue down an unproductive path due to past investments. Instead, accept the temporary setback, minimize its impact, and refocus on moving forward toward your goals.
Embracing Progress and Direction
Remember, even small steps in the right direction are significant. Don’t underestimate the power of making progress, no matter how small. Each step forward brings you closer to your goals, and it’s far more beneficial than taking a step in the wrong direction.
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Building Sustainable Nutrition Habits for Life
At Macros Inc., our ultimate goal is to “graduate” our clients from coaching. While it would benefit us as a business for clients to stay indefinitely, our true objective is to empower them with the knowledge and tools to take control of their lives even after they leave our coaching program. A significant aspect of this empowerment involves establishing nutrition habits that can be sustained for a lifetime.
The Need for Ongoing Attention to Nutrition
While there may be periods, possibly long ones, where meticulous food tracking is not necessary, there will never be a time when you can disregard the importance of paying attention to your nutrition or working on refining your nutrition habits.
Why is this the case? It’s because sustaining nutrition habits requires continuous practice and attention. If you stop paying attention, there will inevitably be consequences, as cause and effect come into play.
The Analogy of Financial Management
To illustrate this point, consider the analogy of personal finances. Just as you always need to be mindful of your financial situation, even if you have successfully overcome debt, built savings, and have healthy cash flow, the same principle applies to nutrition. Six months of careless spending without paying attention can lead you back into a challenging financial position.
Similarly, even during the maintenance phase, you may not need to carry a food scale everywhere or meticulously measure every morsel of food you consume. However, you cannot simply do whatever you want whenever you want when it comes to your nutrition. Unfortunately, there are no hall passes for neglecting your nutrition habits.
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The journey of weight loss and maintenance is about embracing a new way of living and finding sustainable habits. As you transition into maintenance, remember it’s not a return to your old ways, but a chance to forge a new path forward.
Maintaining your weight requires a mindset shift. Set a range or window for your body weight instead of fixating on a single number. Fluctuations are normal, so don’t let them discourage you.
Expect setbacks but don’t let them derail you. Practice damage control, forgive yourself for slip-ups, and refocus on your goals. Progress is more important than perfection.
While maintenance may not require the same level of tracking, stay mindful of your nutrition. Just as you manage your finances even after getting out of debt, continue nurturing your nutritional well-being.
At Macros Inc., our goal is to empower you to take control of your life and health. We’re here to support you on your journey. Embrace the process, stay committed, and celebrate every milestone. You have the power to create a healthier and more fulfilling life.