Most, if not all, people can lose weight. Very few can maintain it. It's exciting when you're losing. New body, new clothes... people are telling you that you look GREAT, lots of positive attention. And then... what? The party is over. People stop mentioning your weight loss. No one seems to notice that OMG, YOU'RE THIN. They accept the new slim you as your "normal" state. But if you've ever been obese, thin never feels normal. I know for me, I felt adrift... like I didn't BELONG. I didn't belong in any peer group OR in my body. I still gravitated to the overweight women in a room because that's where I was comfortable... they were "my people". But I wasn't always welcome there. I often got "oh, you wouldn't understand" or they simply distanced themselve from me, didn't include me in their circle. I get that. I know as an overweight woman, in a group of other overweight women, that when/if a "skinny b@#$" tried to get chummy, we didn't allow it. We didn't TRUST her. So... the other choice was to try to make friends with thin women. OH, what an awful experience that was. I have NOTHING in common with naturally thin women. I don't think like them. I don't feel like them. I don't see the world like them. I just never got to the point where I could say to myself OUT LOUD, "Give me a hunk of that cake... I'll run an extra five miles tonight." I also felt almost traumatized by the nasty dialogue I would often be included in... in regards to overweight women. Vicious comments... I mean, REALLY??? You believe that??? So where do I fit in? I don't. Well, I do now, since I've regained about 40 pounds. Now I'm accepted by my peeps again. Acceptance is a glorious thing for a human being.
As a man, you may not ever experience anything like this. But there's probably something similar that happens to guys. Seems there's the men who watch sports... and the men who play sports. Good luck finding a team. LOL
What to do about maintenance? Forget about the food. You know how to eat. Eating for maintenance is the easy part. Focus on your mind, on your feelings, on the HEAD stuff. If you're going to live life thin, it takes a mental adjustment. Don't ignore that part. Prepare for it.
What will you do, who will you be, when the rest of world sees you as "just another man"... and the excitement of the weight loss is long forgotten?
Figure THAT out... and you'll be one of the 5% of the population who will maintain their weight loss.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.