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Journey to Hope
08-05-2015, 02:32 PM
Post: #31
RE: Journey to Hope
Not sure when I should add more cals....been at 1800-1850 for going on a week (I think :/ weight went up some a couple days ago and stayed up. Do I wait to see if it keeps going up, or do I add another 100?

Also, according to my 16 days average on Fitbit, my tdee may be 2900! Ugh. Scooby says 2500, which still seems crazy...but 2900!?!?

Ok, so maybe struggling a bit mentally again.
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08-05-2015, 03:57 PM
Post: #32
RE: Journey to Hope
If you have been eating below your BMR for a long period of time, your metabolism may very well be suppressed and has down-regulated to match the low intake. What you are doing now is working to heal it and getting it back up and running where it should be. Some initial weight gain will have been water (as glycogen stores were refilled). To keep additional weight gain to a minimum, just take those increases slowly and allow your body time to adapt and adjust along the way. Even though you are eating *well* below your calculated TDEE and what your FitBit is giving you, these numbers are assuming that your metabolism is working as it should be. If it has been suppressed, then you may actually be eating at your *suppressed* TDEE... Increasing your intake slowly over time should allow it to get back up and running where it should be while minimizing (fat) gains...

Also, remember that with the strength training will come some water retention associated with DOMS. It is totally possible to see swings on the scale as big at 3 - 5 pounds the day after a hard Leg Day...

Just take it slow and remember you are working on healing your metabolism and that takes time. Some weight fluctuations are going to happen so make sure you are focusing on long-term trends rather than short term ups and downs. Stay strong - you are doing great!!

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08-11-2015, 10:48 PM
Post: #33
RE: Journey to Hope
Upped my cals to 1950 this week, but have actually eaten closer to my BMR (2600) due to eating out and my anniversary celebration.

Went bike riding for about 30 minutes this wknd, first time in 12 years. It felt great! (And painful. Lol.)

Nervous about eating so much still. Gonna try to stick to 1950 the rest of the week.
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08-12-2015, 04:42 AM
Post: #34
RE: Journey to Hope
Do you mean you've eaten closer to your TDEE? Cause BMR (the base amount to eat if you were a coma and wanted to maintain your weight) for most people is a lot lower than 2600 - that's more like most people's TDEE.
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08-12-2015, 06:55 AM
Post: #35
RE: Journey to Hope
Great job upping your calories again! Doing fabulously!

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08-12-2015, 08:09 AM
Post: #36
RE: Journey to Hope
(08-12-2015 04:42 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  Do you mean you've eaten closer to your TDEE? Cause BMR (the base amount to eat if you were a coma and wanted to maintain your weight) for most people is a lot lower than 2600 - that's more like most people's TDEE.

You're right. I meant TDEE. blushing
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08-16-2015, 07:44 PM
Post: #37
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Soooo, tomorrow supposed to up cals to 2050....I find it's EASY to eat that much with unhealthy foods...but not so much good food choices .
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08-16-2015, 08:48 PM
Post: #38
RE: Journey to Hope
Try adding some more calorie dense options like nuts, nut butters, avocado, olive and/or coconut oils and full fat dairy products. Treats are great on occasion, but should be balancing out an otherwise "healthy" diet. Are you monitoring your macros? Usually if you are hitting that protein goal is is fairly hard to go overboard on the "unhealthy foods" as they will generally throw your macro goals way off if eaten in excess.

Great job upping your intake again!

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08-20-2015, 08:33 PM
Post: #39
RE: Journey to Hope
Up to 2050 cals now....weight is up about 6 lbs in just under a month...clothes aren't fitting TOO differently...yet.

Starting to have a really hard time getting cals in again...trying to get lots of protein (I should be eating over 200 g), but still struggling most days to get over 100 g.

Doing protein shakes, Quest bars, cheese sticks, greek yogurt....it's just hard. I'm starting to doubt my ability to make it all the way to my TDEE (which is somewhere between 2600 and 2900 Sad ).

I feel like I was enjoying food more a week or two ago....now it's a struggle again.
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08-20-2015, 09:40 PM
Post: #40
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Just take it slowly. It honestly takes time for both the body and the mind to catch up. The process should definitely not make you miserable or uncomfortable, so if you are feeling like you are just trying to stuff yourself, take it a bit slower and as your metabolism revs up those normal hunger cues will return.

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