It is very rare that if a person has a lot of weight to lose that they will go consistently downward until they reach their goal.
Often they will go on many streaks where they will be perfect with their diet and lose alot of weight quickly.
However there will be times when life gets in the way and they are unable to follow their weight loss program correctly.
It is during these times I am happy if the person is maintaining their weight.
Hell I am even happy if a person only gains a few pounds during these times,
During these times the goal is to maintain until the person is mentally ready to take another run at it and lose more weight.
The trick is to make your maintenance phases as short as possible and your diet phases as long as possible.
This is not counting planned maintenance breaks, which could be for extended periods of time.
Rinse and repeat.
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