I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there that has the same problems I do with the maintenance/stabilization phase. I have been having a hard time stabilizing on phase 3. My LIW was 254.4, and day 1 of maintenance, I shot up 6 pounds. Did a steak day, and went down a couple of pounds, but still over my LIW. Steak/high protein days have been the norm for me since I started maintenance on February 18th.
I kept hovering around the 257 pound mark. So my other support group said to make that my new set point and try to maintain that weight. So that's what I've been trying to do, and even though I have eaten nothing but protein, (steak, hard boiled eggs, chicken breast, chicken thigh, no dairy, no cheese/cream) I can't get back down to that 257 mark. I'm now at 262 and after doing a pure steak day (nothing for breakfast, or lunch, but a huge steak 1.21 pounds raw) and an apple, I went down .2 pounds this morning.
Now... I will admit that it's coming to my TOM, but this seems to happen on every cycle I've done (and I've done 3 of them thus far). My last cycle, I never stabilized which was extremely rough.
I should be starting to introduce the starch/sugar into my diet, but if I can't get myself back down to that 257 mark, or better the 254 mark, I don't want to start introducing that.
My body has always violently fluctuated on maintenance, wheras the people in my support group stabilize within 2 weeks of being on maintenance and maybe have to do a steak day once or twice.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my body to stop hoarding the water? I'm drinking on average 96 ounces of water a day with flavored Stevia. I have no dairy with the exception of eggs, and I have had no veggies except the one day where I didn't gain and I had some cucumbers. I do walk about 1.5-2.5 miles 3 times a week but event that doesn't seem to help me stabilize.
it's just frustrating.