Maintenance

It’s been over a year and a half since I last published, so I figured it might be time to check in.

I’ve been at around 270 @ 23% body fat for about a year (112 pounds net loss). I’ve remained mostly active, but I am now a graduate student in addition to working, so gym time is a little harder to come by. As a result, I’m doing my best to keep things under control on the diet side.

For a while there, weight was coming back on in a hurry. I maxed out my weight loss at about 232 pounds, and it stayed there for about two months. After that time passed, looking at a doughnut would put on 3-5 pounds. I went with a ketogenic diet to throw a wrench in the gears of my metabolism while I figure out what’s next, and the weight has been holding steady for quite some time now with minimal effort.

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Still enjoying the benefits of not being a giant tub.

If you haven’t seen it, the followup study on contestants from The Biggest Loser is pretty eye-opening. Basically, it portrays what happens to someone’s metabolism after extreme weight loss, and covers some of the basics of set-point theory.

At first glance, it paints a fairly hopeless picture for anyone that loses a bunch of weight, but there’s hope – it just takes time and patience.

Current Goals: Stay focused on school and work to maintain weight, for now. I still maintain a fairly active lifestyle, it’s just time crunched. If I stay exactly where I am forever, I can live with that. It’s still a long way from where I was.

PS – 351 days smoke free. 🙂

 

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