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Refeeding and Maintenance (A few queries!)

Hi lovelies!

So I start refeeding in two weeks and I hope to lose around 5 lbs on refeed, but there's a few burning questions I'm a little curious of so it would be wonderful if anyone could help me out!

Here goes:

1. What's the KEY difference between refeed and maintenance?

2. When people refeed for two+ weeks do they repeat the plan from day 1 allover on week 2 and repeat the entire thing from day 1 - 7 or do they continue at week 2 from day 4-7s meal suggestions?
If they continue at day 4-7s meal suggestions, would it be a bad idea to repeat the plan to the latter restarting on week 2? Sort of going round in circles with it to try and lose weight?

3. How long can you refeed for before you should try and 'maintain'?

4. After refeeding to the plan, when can I stop buying maintencance formulas from the chemist and follow day 4-7s meal suggestions, switching them up a little, adding a light breakfast instead of the formulas to try and maintain my weight for life?

5. Would it be possible to follow day 1-2s plan (replacing 1-2 meals with shakes) for 1-2 weeks to try and lose the 5lbs I would like to shift during refeed?

I'm guessing that it's up to me how I chose to refeed/maintain, but advice is always helpful! Sorry if the questions are a little blonde, promise I'm not :D
My plan was to
• Finish the TFR in two weeks after 5 and a half months
• Refeed until I've lost the last 5 lbs (predicting I have that to lose)
• Follow day 4-7s plan WITH formulas for 1-2 weeks
• Follow day 4-7s plan WITHOUT formulas, replacing them with a VERY light breakfast forever, keeping an eye on my weight, keeping up the water and generally living a fat free lifestyle with minor exceptions on special occasions, introducing different types of food and light recipes!
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irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
S: 21st0lb C: 12st12lb G: 12st12lb BMI: 27.4 Loss: 8st2lb(38.78%)
Well done on your losses and on making a big effort to plan for the future.
All your approaches have merit. Many people choose to repeat the week just to ease back into carbs etc. Once you keep a close eye on portion sizes, stick with three small meals and two small snacks you will be fine. I weighed everything for a few weeks till I was comfortable with visualising the correct amounts.
No matter what plan you follow to maintain your losses it all comes down to a simple equation. Calories in must be less than or equal to calories out. Otherwise we gain a little weight. Myfitnesspal have a good site for tracking, cals, nutrition, exercise etc. It also has a fab iPhone app.
Good luck with refeed.

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