I’m proud to say that I’ve been maintaining my ideal weight of 120lbs for a month and a half now. Note that I am 5 feet 2″, 52 years of age and would classify my weekly activity level as light, with the occasional moderate level day. I’ve been averaging between 1500 and 1600 calories and around 15-20g net carbs and this seems to be the right number of calories and carbs for me to maintain my ideal weight.
To get down to 120lbs I ate 1100 calories a day for 4 weeks. I started at 124lbs, so my average loss was 1lb a week. As you all know, I originally lost 28lbs over 6 years ago and have maintained my weight around 124-126 lbs these past few years. It feels really good to be back at my ideal weight of 120lbs and I’m making a determined effort to remain there.
Once you lose weight, it’s really critical to know how many calories and carbs you need to eat to maintain your new lower weight. It’s as important as knowing how many calories to eat to lose weight, and perhaps even more important, as its harder to maintain your weight than to lose weight.
As I’m fairly petite, over 50 and lightly active I eat around 1550 calories a day to maintain my weight. I rarely exceed 20-25g net carbs as I experience less hunger when I keep my carbs low.
The key is to keep eating a LCHF diet and to know how many calories and carbs to eat. Macros count too but not as much as calories and carbs. If you eat the right number of net carbs your macros will fall into place. If your weight is steadily creeping up you need our Personal Calorie and Macro Report or our All You Need to Succeed Package to get your weight back on track!
Recipes marked with an asterisk * are from our LCHF Nation Cookbooks.
Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast: 2 egg omelet filled with 1oz cheddar, cooked in 1/2oz (15g) butter* – 359 calories
Lunch: 1 Dijon Biscuit*, 1oz cheddar cheese – 269 calories
Dinner: 4 large cups mixed salad greens, 4oz tomatoes, dressed with 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar and topped with 5oz sauteed chicken breast and 1oz soft goat cheese – 445 calories
Dessert: 2 Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies (to be published in our 3rd cookbooks – see photo above) – 130 calories
Pre-bed snack: 2oz peanuts – 340 calories
TOTALS: 1543 calories, 123g fat (71%), 87.5g protein (22%), 14.6g net carbs (7%)
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