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As youíve been taught, FAT TO SKINNY is not a diet, itís a lifestyle change. As such youíll never go back to your old way of eating. You will however enter the final phase of the FAT TO SKINNY program, maintenance.

For those of you who have reached your goal weight, congratulations! First of all I want to express how happy I am for you. Secondly I want you to say the words out loud, you worked for them and deserve them, are you ready? Repeat after me I USED TO BE FAT but Iím not any more. Felt good didnít it! But do you believe it yet? If youíre like me and a great number of other people your body weight shed more quickly than your mind can adjust. I remember looking in the mirror and seeing this skinny guy but my mind still said I was a FAT guy. It took almost a year being thin before I actually realized I was thin. Sound weird or are you going through the same thing right now? I also found myself wondering what to do next. Here I was, like you at the end of this life long quest standing in the winners circle not knowing what tomorrow will bring. FAT TO SKINNY maintenance comes next, itís not difficult and you will stay thin for the balance of your life by following one simple rule;  FIND YOUR BASELINE AND DONíT CROSS IT.

 Your baseline is simply the number of carbohydrates your body can tolerate without storing additional FAT. If youíre like most people there are certain fruits and veggies youíd like to add back into your eating plan, maybe even a few grains here and there. At this point in your journey the scale and your food journal are your friends. The scale will be your main tool in locating your baseline and your food journal will help you to avoid ďcarb creepĒ.  Carb Creep is the result of becoming too complacent with food measurements, sloppy carb counting and having the ďa little bit of this and a little bit of that wonít hurt me mindsetĒ. It sneaks up on you and before you know it your eating 75 to 100 grams of carbs per day, the scale is increasing and new bad habits are forming.

To find your baseline you begin by SLOWLY increasing your daily carb intake; This will be done over the next month and you will closely watch the scale.  As soon as the scale starts to rise youíll need to cut back a bit until the scale starts to drop. Once youíve reached the point where the scale stays the same based on your current activity level and your current carb intake youíve found your current baseline. Notice I say current base line. Baselines change throughout the year and should be monitored closely. Baselines tend to go up in the summer months and down in the winter months. This is mainly due to our activity levels. Most of us tend to spend more time outside moving around doing things during warmer months and less time outside during winter months. Itís all pretty simple to understand, what it means to you right now is to keep an eye on your scale and change your baseline accordingly. If you gain a few pounds, cut back on your carb intake, if you lose a few pounds you have license to eat a few more. As you add carbohydrates back into your eating plan always make great choices. Refined sugar, fruit juices, cereals, pasta, cakes, cookies, candy and daily bread should all be a part of your past and avoided at all cost.  Eating these foods will simply start the viscous cycle of cravings all over again which ultimately will lead to weight gain.  The foods to add first are the lowest carb highest fiber fruits and vegetables youíve missed the most. On the fruit side apples, blueberries, apricots and peaches are good choices where mango, grapes, pineapple and raisins are poor choices. On the veggie side increasing your quantity of low carb vegetables is a better choice than eating corn, potatoes or peas. Enjoying a bit of hard squash now and again is acceptable at this point.  Add these foods in small controlled quantities so you donít experience high fluctuations in blood sugar.  The second foods to add gently into your program are legumes. Many people miss hard beans such as northern beans, lentils and kidney beans. Again be careful as you add these back into your eating plan and keep track of quantities. Be aware that most prepared canned beans with sauce are full of other sugars which should be avoided.  The last thing you should add into your eating plan are grains.  Personally I have zero tolerance for grains and I gain weight walking down the bread aisle.

I wonít lie to you though thereís nothing like a piece of crunchy San Francisco sour dough bread from Boudins Bakery down at Fishermanís Wharf and Iíve been known to eat a piece or two when I visit the city by the bay,  but this is truly the exception to the rule. Personally I have a very low baseline. I gain weight if I exceed 25 grams of net carbs per day. As you know Iím an author, a profession by which its very nature ties me to a desk much of the time. Combine that with my disdain for scheduled exercise and itís easy to see why my baseline is so low. Yours will be different depending upon your lifestyle and activity level. The greatest part about FAT TO SKINNY maintenance is the bulk of the work is behind you and you know exactly what to do if you gain a few pounds. Youíve been taught well and you have succeeded in your quest. You USED TO BE FAT and now youíre skinny.  Once again, congratulations.   8)
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Re: FAT TO SKINNY MAINTENANCE, LIVING FAT TO SKINNY FOR A LIFETIME
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011, 10:19:08 AM »
Doug,

Thank you so much for this post and area of the message board. Will this be in the revised edition of your newest book? I'm not at my goal weight yet, but I'm close. And like you, I still see that FAT person when I look in the mirror. It doesn't happen everytime, but enough to make me aware of it. I am however, to the point that if I don't lose another pound, I'm at a weight I'm comfortable with. That's the key, I suppose.

I can totally see myself eating this way in the future. I haven't had a problem finding replacements for my favorite foods. It's been harder for my husband (don't even mention sourdough bread to him!) and he has put a little weight back on. He says he's "intimidated" by ME right now, so today he's starting up with the program full-force again. Wow, I didn't know I had that kind of power! Maybe that FAT person in the mirror isn't so fat afterall.

Thank you again for not only your book and program, but for all of your support as well.

Rena

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Re: FAT TO SKINNY MAINTENANCE, LIVING FAT TO SKINNY FOR A LIFETIME
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011, 10:42:32 AM »
Bound into the revised edition is a one hour 7 chapter motivational CD which I recorded in the studio. This information is on the CD....and now the forum :)

I'm glad to see you're coming into your power, there's nothing more beautiful than a strong self confident woman  8)
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 08:48:30 PM »
Great post Doug and to be honest, it just gave me an extra boost in my goal.. so I can write here.......

Congrats to all who have made it or are close... Congrats Sherrie and Rena... You girls are awesome and a great motivation... I am getting closer and boy I didnt think it could happen.. The best part is that it isnt a chore, I enjoy it.. Thats the best part....
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2011, 09:39:50 AM »
Alex I am so proud of you! :)
Rena ,go get him! :D

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011, 05:53:27 PM »
LOL Umpa -- I wish I could. He's just had a harder time with the whole low-carb thing. It's mostly because of breads, chips, and pasta. I don't bake a lot of the recipes in the Bakery Book and he's too lazy to do them himself. Ugh. He's trying something else, so we'll see if it works for him and/or how long it takes for him to come back around and see the light of LC eating.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 09:50:50 AM »
Everybody has to find their way ;) But I don't know why all men don't eat low carb,they lose fast and they can eat like cavemen! :D

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 04:49:23 PM »
I know! Last night he was giving me the stink eye because I could eat as much pulled pork as I wanted, but he could only have 2 ounces. I am sure he'll be back ... :D

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 07:30:55 PM »
I know! Last night he was giving me the stink eye because I could eat as much pulled pork as I wanted, but he could only have 2 ounces. I am sure he'll be back ... :D

No doubt, Rena! ;)
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2011, 08:49:10 AM »
I need to make pulled pork! ;)

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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011, 01:09:17 AM »
Thank you Doug and Umpa for all your hard work in coming up with the FTS lifestyle.  You have inspired many people and saved their lives.  I have taken the knowledge I have learned from you, my experience, and shared it with many people.  I hope that they too will find a happier healthier lifestyle.  I honestly never thought I would be thin again.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ;)



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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2011, 09:50:57 AM »
Ahh, Mimzy you brought a tear to my eye, you are very welcome and thank-you for passing on the word. I see by your ticker you reached your goal, congratulations!  8)
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2011, 11:19:02 AM »
Looks like someone else has reached their weight loss goal!... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D HOORAY MIMZY!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Before FTS, I too had all but given up on losing my excess weight.
I thought being a type II diabetic over 300 pounds was going to be my destiny.

Thanks to Doug and this lifestyle, that has all changed! ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011, 09:49:37 AM »
Mimzy you are so welcome!! You are a inspiration to a lot of people you give them hope! I love what i do,I love to empower people! :)

 

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