When I was growing up, my European mother and grandmother cooked wonderful high cal, high carb meals. They also made delicious desserts. Tempting cookies were often on the kitchen counter. I can still taste those chocolate almond butter cookies, round, with a single blanched almond pressed into the center. They literally melted in your mouth. Weight fluctuation and a dieting life started early.
It’s often been said to me, “You must be one of those people who can eat as much as you want and never gain a pound.” Not true. I seem to gain weight just by looking at food. A sad curse.
This is not a traditional recipe book, nor is it a diet book. It is a way of eating book for people who want to maintain their weight once they are at or near their goal. I give myself a 5 pound fluctuation range. When I get on the scale and get bad news, I know that if I don’t lose the weight I’ve gained, I’ll spiral up. I have to keep working at keeping it down. I’ve tried many diets, but it comes down to eat fewer calories and less carbohydrates. I sometimes count calories, weighing myself every day to see how I’m doing. I want to be thin for vanity and health, in that order.
This is how I endure weight maintenance. Sometimes I take a "vacation" (and yes, binge). Mostly, I eat carefully. The bottom line is that there is no one way to maintain one's weight. The only thing certain is that you have to keep at it, keep trying. Somehow, I've kept my weight down for over thirty years.
Enduring Weight Maintenance