Aren't diets supposed to get easier? Isn't anything you do day after day, week after week, just supposed to become routine? I have to admit, I've had a pretty easy time of it for the last 11 months of weight loss. The plan I chose, Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure, really clicked with me and I have been in the zone for almost a year. It isn't that my weight loss has stalled (which it has) or that I've gained a little back (3 lbs to be exact). It is that I expected this to be the easy part... I expected to coast by on maintenance.
Tanya Zuckerman's book The F Factor Diet talks a lot about how the Maintenance Phase of a diet is actually the toughest part. Maintaining your weight is more difficult than losing weight? Sounds crazy, right? But if you think about it, it could take a while to lose weight. Six months, a year or longer? That is a long time. But we have to maintain that weight FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. It also asks the question "How many times have you lost the weight?" For me, I've never lost all the weight before, but I've gotten half way there twice before this. Then she asks "How many times have you kept it off?" Well, none or else I wouldn't be reading this diet book.
Just yesterday picking up the Husband's granola, I saw a brand next to it that looked perfect for the BFC. I read the label, ingredients and decided to buy it. I even opened it in the car and ate a handful since I'd missed lunch. It was so good, I had a few more handfuls throughout the day amazed that it was low in sugar. I ever reread the ingredients. But the Husband took one look at the package and pointed out it had 10 sugars per 1/2 Cup, not the 5 I thought I had read. D'oh!
So where do I go from here? For now I am just chugging along, doing the Belly Fat Cure exactly as I did all along. Maybe I should start tracking again, maybe I should change things up a little. I think mostly I am feeling lots of stress right now that have nothing to do with my diet. When I am stressed I turn to food, and so that is the problem.
How do you handle maintenance and stress on a diet? I'd love your input!