Can you say this? “I am staying at my goal weight and I can eat anything I want.”
How is this possible? Really? Is it possible once you maintain the weight you lost to eat anything you want? Is this a trick question? If not, what’s the secret?
There’s no secret. You can eat anything you want if, as a result of the way you went about losing weight, what you want has changed. This is the case, for example, if you had practice at cheating on your diet. Yes, you heard right—practice cheating on your diet. Of course, you had to use your diet cheat as a learning experience. Meaning, you learned to cheat and then you learned to go right back on your diet, maybe you even did a little extra dieting to make up for the cheat. Practice with diet cheats is very much like what you will go through when you’re no longer on a diet, and you are at the weight loss maintenance stage.
A diet cheat is an opportunity to change what you want. You may want a special fattening food. Okay, go for it. But then back to the diet, maybe even dieting a little harder to make up for the cheat.
Being able to maintain weight loss depends on these early maintenance practices. It depends on your ability to eat a little more and then a little less, very roughly keeping your weight in balance.
During weight loss maintenance, you may still refer to eating a little more of something as a cheat. But in weight loss maintenance reality you don’t have to call eating too much or eating some fattening food a cheat. It’s just what it is, eating too much or eating something pretty fattening. You have to know how to compensate for going overboard, so you can maintain your lost weight. Planned and practiced diet cheats are what help you develop this skill.
And remember, it’s going to be impossible to keep your weight right at goal weight. No one can keep her weight at the exact number of pounds. There will always be some deviation from goal weight, sometimes more, sometimes less. Being able to keep the little more and little less in balance is when you can say, “I can eat anything I want.”