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Reset, cut and beyond!
04-27-2014, 06:32 AM (This post was last modified: 04-29-2014 07:11 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #31
RE: Reset, cut and beyond!
That is awesome - eating more definitely gives you more energy and strength! The added bonus: more muscle = higher metabolism = eating more!

I am interested to see if shifting your calories later in the day helps you at all. Like you said, one small change at a time. Increasing your protein and fats should help you feel fuller longer. And by decreasing carbs, please don't think that I was suggesting to go low carb in any way, but by increasing the protein and fats, the carbs will naturally decrease.

I have found that, for me, many carbs are "trigger foods" and I am just better off avoiding them. I eat tons of whole foods that are high carb (fruit, grains...etc), but I have found that when I start eating highly processed carbs I have difficulty stopping. I don't see these foods as "bad", but I just know that it's just easier for me to avoid them entirely and I have none of them in the house. Even things like wonderful whole grain breads - I just can't have them around. If I start, it's all over - one leads to two, which leads to three............... Like most, I am weakest at night and if I had those foods in the house they would be calling my name late at night! If I do want to indulge in something, I make it high quality and buy a portion controlled package. For instance, I love chocolate, and if I wanted to plan a treat, I would go buy a 4 pack of the most indulgent Godiva Chocolates and enjoy them guilt-free. I wouldn't waste those calories on a drug store candy bar, and I would never buy more than I wanted to eat at one time (because I know I would :-)

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04-28-2014, 04:31 AM
Post: #32
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do you think that the fact that you are hungry could mean that you are not eating at TDEE but lower.. I don't know this is a Q for the Team EM2WL really - its just I have found too the more I eat the more hungry I get and wasn't sure if it was my bodies way of saying "yes finally give me more food we have lots we want to do with it" and maybe its a good thing and maybe more of a reset is needed until you don't get that major hunger and weight stablises??
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04-28-2014, 06:27 AM
Post: #33
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Personally, I think the only way to truly figure that out is to "test the waters" and adjust your calories and see what happens. I know you said you had gained a bit of weight, but you also said you knew you had overeaten through the holidays and then tried some IFing, and then gave up entirely before coming back to EM2WL.

I think that for you consistency will be key. What have your figured your TDEE to be currently? I think you need to pick a certain calorie level (wherever you feel comfortable starting) and eat at that level consistently. Monitor your weight (and mental state) at that intake level. If your weight is stable (and you feel good mentally), bump your intake up by 100 calories/day or so and monitor again. As long as you can eat fairly consistently, the scale will tell you if you are eating at or above TDEE. When you adjust your calories up (or down), you will have to give the scale a few days to stabilize, but then watch for longer term trends (up or down). If you take these changes/adjustments slowly, you should be able to keep the scale fluctuations to a minimum and figure out what your true TDEE is.

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04-28-2014, 06:50 PM
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Sarah I think it is quite possible that you are right. The calorie counters say I should be able to eat 2500 per day, with a 2300 cut (assuming strenuous exercise). But as Anitra points out, I have a history of having jumped in straight at that high level, gaining a heap, then going back to dieting. So I do intend to try and increase my calories to at LEAST 2300 for maintenance, getting up to 2500 would be a dream though happy But I will do it properly this time, slowly, 100 cal at a time, and waiting for everything to level out each time. So for now as Anitra says, I have picked 2000 to eat at consistently until I see some stability.
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04-28-2014, 08:37 PM
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You are going to do awesome this time - slow and steady!

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04-28-2014, 08:59 PM
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Too right! I know I can't go back to dieting, so it's this or bust!

My only concern is that I have two weeks holiday in NZ coming up. Not sure what I am going to do there food wise...I won't really be able to count calories with any accuracy at all, due to the obligatory unavoidable eating out.

On the plus, I know a few of the hotels we're staying at have access to gyms nearby, so I can try and get a few weight work outs in while my husband is having an afternoon nap lol!
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04-29-2014, 03:56 AM (This post was last modified: 04-29-2014 03:56 AM by SarahWeb.)
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Lucy - wow you certainly sound in a better mindset about it all - and yeah I was one of those jumped right in - but I jumped in at 2000 and yes put on but stayed there for 8 weeks and just doing my last "jump" to 2500 - kind of wish I did it 100 per day like you as then I would be at 2500 already but hey am feeling pretty on a high these days so no complaints from me.

Re your holiday I cannot remember where I read it - might have been here - in the NSV section - about a lady that said she went on holiday and eat however she wanted and had a good time on holiday and didn't put on any weight!! because she was already eating at her TDEE there was no jump - so maybe you can look forward to your holiday like you would not normally - and maybe start enjoying life and less worrying about weights/scales and food - liberating I know happy I will try to find thread for you cos it really hit home for me!

Either way wishing you all the best and keep us posted on how you are doing! NZ sounds amazing - have never been myself

here is the thread I was talking about http://forums.eatmore2weighless.com/show...?tid=10201
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04-29-2014, 06:27 PM
Post: #38
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Better mindset currently for sure...although I have been here before, with the start of diet high that comes with ANY new eating plan. But I guess after 10 years of dieting, and going back recently and failing, I am not at the point where I HAVE to try something different. I'm glad you are travelling so well though! I think the toughest thing is not immediately freaking out when I see weight gain.

Not worrying about food on holiday, and coming back without weight gain...that's the dream!! I haven't been to New Zealand either...silly since it's only a 3 hour plan trip for me. It takes less time to get to NZ than to the other side of Australia!
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04-29-2014, 08:16 PM
Post: #39
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Of course, now that I have moved my calories later, I am now hungry in the morning. I probably need an even split over the day, but so hopefully I can move up to 2200 within a few weeks, which will allow me to do this more easily. Can't wait!
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04-29-2014, 08:42 PM
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Bahahahahaha - go figure! It truly is a balancing act, and you need to just keep adjusting (but not stressing) and figure out what works for you. I find I can keep my morning and mid-day meals small and protein-packed and get through the day (of course, work keeps me busy and my mind occupied, so that helps...). Just keep adjusting - you will get there. But, remember, once you find something that works, give it some time and give it a chance...

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