@Ryan_Tuttle Something else occurred to me!! Choose your peer group very, very carefully. Take advice from other weight maintainers who are within your personal goals.
Example: I’m super short, post menopausal, prior morbid obesity and yo-yo dieting 40 years, post Hasimoto’s. I need to maintain in a normal BMI range for joint pain reduction and to get $60 off my health insurance discount. PLUS my weight wants to come back if I’m trying to maintain at a higher BMI. Easier for me to maintain within a certain BMI for sure. I’m at risk of relapse in Food Addiction, so abstaining weight maintainers, they are my peeps.
So I was able to find others like me on social media, forums, FB. I noticed when I took advice of my friends who had reached weight maintenance but could not maintain and they were fast regainers, that I also regained. If I take advice from large losers, who were also obese as a child, who worked to stay in normal range- that’s were I could build my own very accurate and precise and quality weight maintenance program for myself. I would find out what worked from them and customize it to me.
That being said, variation at goal weight is totally normal. Fast regain to me just means the root cause of obesity has not been discovered yet by that person and more work is needed. We don’t have the right tools for solid weight maintenance yet- like obesity medicine is endocrinology and hormone driven, yet I’ve been not been offered the right blood work to make data driven decisions in maintenance. So it’s no ones fault, we do need better resources.
Hope this makes sense. Take care. Weight Maintenance is a very long term project. Onward.