Something I really appreciate about the program...are the maintenance days. And not JUST because I eat more...but because it's practice for true maintenance. What a GENIUS IDEA. Not only are eat-up days resetting leptin to support the ability to lose, but practicing eating at that level reduces my anxiety around the question "can I maintain this? Is this truly doable?"
I've been up and down enough that simply losing weight does not interest me....I can lose weight. I'm interested in an NEW healthy and happy lifestyle to MAINTAIN the new normal.
Two years ago I lost 25 pounds over five months; I did it by eliminating sugar and going low carb and eating higher fat (great appetite regulator btw)....and this is now still my way of eating; it totally works for me. I've maintained that weight loss for two years...which I'm SO proud of (more satisfied with than the initial loss)....it's been pretty easy but not effortless. Oh, the joy of pulling out clothes for the next season and everything still fits....seriously makes the lifestyle adjustments worth it...and a real money and stress saver too.
So those two years ago my health much improved with the weight loss and diet change, and I landed (stalled?) at a descent weight; my body just simply stopped losing when I reached 130 pounds. But because I'm an "apple shape" I still have high visceral fat (the very unhealthy kind around your organs), belly fat. With the confidence from maintaining for a while, I realized that I was just simply eating too much- I eat "clean": organic, grass fed, free range...the best I can afford...but just a bit too much.
Anyway, just a bit of reflection and appreciation for the built-in "practice of maintaining" while still losing using the Venus program.
I think the best part is for those who have eaten a pretty "clean" diet, we now realize that we just have to eat less--it's as simple as that. We eat what's good for our bodies (most of the time), but we have a number that is based on a formula, which says this is what your body needs to maintain.
It's still not always easy, but I am also always appreciative of the information the program has provided, and the wisdom of the Venus veterans.
Keep up the great work.
When I think back to how my perpetually little grandmother used to it - this was it...she was eating at maintenance - small portions of delicious home-cooked healthy food. And I agree - maintenance days show what we will be eating when we achieve our desired results.