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Reset, cut and beyond!
01-11-2014, 03:06 PM
Post: #21
RE: Reset, cut and beyond!
Hang in there! Getting a normal period is a great sign. Not being able to sleep could just be a response to the change in your cals. Hopefully you are feeling better by now!
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01-22-2014, 12:00 AM
Post: #22
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Hm, sadly I couldn't take it. I tried the 10% cut thing, but could never manage the cut - I'd end up eating a piece of bread or something and blowing the deficit every day - I think because I knew it was such a small deficit, and that I had to stick to it every day to see even the teensiest of losses...psychologically I just couldn't hack it. So I'm back doing the 5:2 diet. But, funnily enough, I'm finding it easier this time round, post reset, than when I tried it straight from dieting. My mood isn't foul on fast days, and I'm not getting all faint...

I like to think I haven't totally abandoned EM2WL. I'm making sure I eat my TDEE on non-fast days, so hopefully my TDEE won't drop. And I'm also sticking with the weights - and so far I don't appear to have lost any of the muscle in my arms that I managed to gain. And my weight loss goal is only 0.5kg a week, so not a 'crash' diet'.
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04-24-2014, 08:07 PM
Post: #23
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Well I have been away and lost in the dieting wilderness. I freaked out completely with the weight gain from my reset, and the lack of any loss thereafter, tried to diet, failed, then decided not to bother and just maintain my current weight. Then I freaked out again, tried to diet, failed lol. I just don't have the mental stamina to stick to diets like I used to. With that in mind, I figured so long as I have resigned myself to maintain, I may as well have another crack at EM2WL. I am not doing another reset though, I just don't have it in me right now. So going to just stick to 2000 per day. At worst I will maintain my weight. I don't really want to reduce my exercise either, as I have a very sedentary job, so I feel like if I don't get out twice a day I go crazy. :/
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04-24-2014, 11:06 PM
Post: #24
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Although....I guess I could do 2000 for a while, and if I maintain (which technically I shouldn't, as it is below my TDEE), I could slowly up by 100 cals til I got to like, 2200, then when I went back to 2000 for my cut I should be able to lose? I jumped in with upping the calories last time, which is probably why I gained like crazy. But if I am resigned to not actually losing weight, then the slow method...I guess it doesn't matter HOW slow. I really don't want to gain any more weight though. I am back up to my heaviest weight pretty much, and have a holiday in a few weeks, I really don't want to be mid holiday and have no pants that fit.
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04-25-2014, 07:02 AM
Post: #25
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Lucy, I saw your question, but would like to read back through this whole thread before responding, so I can answer more intelligently. Unfortunately, I have to get ready for my "day job", but will get back here as soon as I can to respond :-)

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04-25-2014, 07:07 PM
Post: #26
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OK, ended up on like, 2300 calories. I had my day planned out to make 2000...but then I was really hungry in the evening. This always happens. The more I eat, the hungrier I get! Anyway, tried to organise todays calories to allow myself a few to spend later in the evening if I get hungry. I really don't want to stack on the kilos again at warp speed like last time.
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04-25-2014, 08:52 PM
Post: #27
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Do you find that you lose control at night? For me, I am slightly hungry through the day, but then very hungry at night (and always want to snack). I have found that (for me) the best way to manage that is to save the bulk of the calories for the evening.

I maintain at 2,200 calories. Each day I eat something small but filling at breakfast (like some steel cut oats with some protein powder stirred in and maybe some fruit, or a small omelet with veggies on a whole grain tortilla. For lunch, I will have a Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit and some Kashi cereal or almonds. Mid afternoon, a large apple and some almonds. Then at night, I still have about 1,000 calories left - plenty for a nice big filling dinner and dessert (of course!)

I find that by stacking my calories so that I eat the bulk of them at night, I can allow myself to eat when I am naturally hungriest. I give myself fuel throughout the day (each meal with protein) and then fill up at night. I am not saying that this is necessarily the best way to lose weight, but instead a way that I have found to avoid those late night binges.

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04-25-2014, 11:11 PM
Post: #28
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That might be worth trying. I think I'll give it a go. I tend to start getting really hungry in the afternoon, and also the evening. Maintaining at 2200 sounds wonderful! I just need to stick with this, to get to the point where I am maintaining, before attempting a cut. My problem is giving up when all my pants start to get too small. But given that it seems to be beyond my skills of will power now to diet, whereas before I could restrict for months on end, now might be the time to fully commit. Plus I am hoping to maybe fall pregnant this year, so I'd hate to jeopardise my chances by restrictive dieting. And it'd be nice if when I do fall, I am eating a proper amount of food so the transition is as easy as possible.
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04-26-2014, 06:20 AM
Post: #29
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So it seems that your main overall problem at this point is still wanting to overeat, even at TDEE. Is that correct?

Give shifting your calories to the evening a try and see if it helps at all. When I first tried eating this way, I found that initially I was eating too little through the day and was then so ravenous at night that I still overate. Now, I make sure that I get a few small, healthy meals in throughout the day, *each one of them with some protein and fat* (that is the most important part in keeping you feeling satisfied). For instance, in my morning steel cut oats, I add some protein powder and coconut oil...

When I get home and am really getting hungry, the first thing I eat is a big salad to "take the edge off" of my hunger (no cheese or anything high calorie, just tons of lettuce, chopped veggies, beans and maybe some tuna with an olive oil vinaigrette...). I will throw it together the minute I walk in the door and then actually eat it while I am feeding the dogs, changing my clothes, reading the mail, preparing my dinner and everything else I do when I first get home. That way when I start to eat my dinner I am still hungry, but not overly so.

Like you mentioned, bulk up your meals with lots of veggies and high fiber foods (like beans and legumes). Doing this along with eliminating a lot of the overly processed foods should help you to fill up and cut down on those cravings.

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04-26-2014, 09:36 PM
Post: #30
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Pretty much - it's like the more I eat, the hungrier I get! Yesterday was easier though, I came in at around 2060 calories. Today I had a smaller breakfast, to save a few more calories for later in the evening, so I'll see how I go! I guess giving myself time to experiment with what works, rather than throwing my hands up and giving in immediately, is a good idea. I am very much a veggie person - I easily get my 5 a day in every day, probably close to 7 or 8 serves! I probably should look at increasing my healthy fats a bit/decreasing my carbs....I might leave that for a few weeks though, just do one change at a time. Or if I stabilise on 2000, I can maybe look at upping my calories to achieve maintenance at a higher level, and add more fat that way. I'm above average height and exercise a lot, so theoretically I should be able to maintain on more than 2000.

Feeling a bit more confident today as well, as my weight was down a bit, after going up a bit on the day I did 2300 cals.

I do find that my interest in lifting weights improves when I eat more. Like, initially when I tried to eat more late last year, I was doing really well with my weights sessions and increasing my weights. Then I quit and started fasting again, and dieting, and I lost interest in lifting, and I lost strength, and ended up dropping my weights down. But I am back with enthusiasm again and was able to increase my weights a little again yesterday. So there are definitely benefits to eating more!
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