"Maintaining my weight is so easy!"
"I don't restrict my diet at all!"
"I don't deprive myself of anything."
How many times have you heard or read a celebrity or model say something like that?
Have you ever believed it?
I usually don't. I know how hard it is for someone who is not naturally a size 6, 4, 2, or, in the cases of many supermodels, 0, to remain that size.
Sure, a lot of celebs and models probably fall into the "naturally thin" category. But there are many who have not always been slender, for whom weight loss and maintenance is not effortless.
I think that myth - that weight loss & maintenance is easy - is a very harmful media message. It sets people up for failure. Having trouble maintaining your weight loss? You're just weak. Struggling with the transition from fat loss to weight maintenance? Something must be wrong for you; lots of other people find it easy!
If you want to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off, you are going to have to work at it. Hard. And there's no shame in that. In fact, I think it's something to be proud of.