Losing weight is starving, there’s no other way. You have to be hungry, if you are going to lose weight. Maintenance is damage control. I always recommend protein and veggies, Monday through Friday for maintenance – eat what you want on Saturday or on Sunday or on both. On your weekends off, the secret is damage control The best tactic is to try to avoid or take it easy on concentrated calories. Cookes and granola are calorie-concentrated nightmares. It’s way to easy to inhale 1000 calories of cookies. 2 oatmeal cookies from Barnes and Noble, or 2 chocolate chip cookies from Barnes and Noble, or 2 brownies from Barnes and Noble – each put you over the 1000 calorie mark. A handful of granola is also 500 calories. Ditto a small 4 ounce bag of almonds or peanuts or mixed nut. Most bags or boxes of granola contain 2000-3000 calories. Most cans of nuts are in the 5000-6000 calorie nightmare range. Cream cheese is another staggering caloric load. That 300 calorie bagel from Dukin Donuts or Tim Hortons, easily become 600 calories, if you have them put cream cheese on it. Baked flour products contain a heap of concentrated calories, and can do a real damage in a hurry. Ditto concentrated fat, whether you are eating butter or margarine or cream cheese or chocolate sauce or frosting – you are well into 100 calorie an ounce territory, and 300 plus calories a serving.