Maintenance, or the prospect of it, seems to scare us as we all worry about regaining the weight. As you've seen in my other posts, I have managed to maintain for sixteen months and although I still monitor my foods, it is far more relaxed than before, often just a rough guess in my head. (the difference now is that now my guesses are much more accurate than they were when I was fat ...lol )
Anyway, I read some interesting points from maintainers on an american site, which I think are worth sharing. What comes through is this:
Successful "losers" who relied mostly on eating healthier and in less quantity, find subsequent maintenance easier. But the "losers" who relied more on exercise or have "eaten back" their exercise calories, are far more likely to regain the weight.
To me this supports the idea that, in terms of weight control exercise is important for your health, but is no substitute for what or how much you eat .