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Do I need to eat more? No weight gain over vacation
08-02-2017, 03:27 PM
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Do I need to eat more? No weight gain over vacation
I need some insight on my food intake. Currently at 1800 cals, 40/30/30 macros. I lift heavy for 1.5 hours 3x a week, cardio for 45-60 mins 2x a week. I track with MFP and am pretty spot on most days - I eat clean, no cheat meals. I've been steadily losing weight for about 5 months now. Calorie goal was determined by Scooby's, IIFYM and 2 trainers - they all agree on the 1800 for a 1 lb/wk weight loss. Resting metabolism has been tested at 1598.

Fast forward to the past 3 weeks, I went on an RV trip with the family. No exercise other than sightseeing and some hiking. No counting calories or macros. I didn't go crazy, but I know my intake must have been 2500-3000 easily - I ate a bag of gummy bears or sour worms at least daily, burgers and fries if we ate out. In other words, I had fun. wink

We returned home this week and I weighed in on Monday. I gained exactly 1 lb over those 3 weeks. This morning, the scale was back to where I was before the trip. I don't think it was muscle loss because I was able to lift the same weights/reps this week that I did before we left. I'm assuming the 1 lb loss since Monday was water weight.

So, my question is - if I ate that much more during those 3 weeks and essentially didn't gain any weight, does that mean my current cut of 1800 is too low? My weight loss for the past 5 months has been incredibly inconsistent - 4 lbs one week, up a lb another week - despite nailing my calories, macros and workouts consistently. I'm not sure if I should stick with the 1800 or increase it. Before my vacation, I was pretty satisfied with 1800 (had to force myself to eat on some days), but since I've picked up the weights again I've been starving!
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Do I need to eat more? No weight gain over vacation - wookiemouse - 08-02-2017 03:27 PM

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