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06-23-2014, 12:17 PM
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So, I haven't logged in on here in a LONG time but the whole eat more to weigh less scares the mess out of me especially since I am only 4ft 10. Yes, my concern is the scale because I need to lose weight for my health. A lot of people say that I need to focus on inches and I really am wanting to see the scale move. Just being honest. I have looked into the whole eating over my BMR thing and currently per a few websites my BMR is about 1601. My Tdee-20% with me putting lightly active would be about 1761 a day. That just seems like ALOT to eat daily for someone my height. I find that a lot of the people that do the eating more lifestyle are into weight lifting which is also something I am not really into. I am looking into the whole eating more idea again because I eat lower during the weeks hoping it will help when I do have a cheat meal on Friday's but it is not working out too good that way. I over indulge and it turns into a whole cheat weekend messing up all of my previous week's progress. I don't know what to do anymore. If I have 1761 to eat everyday then I know that it will not be all healthy things because I have so many more calories to eat. I am currently trying to work with 1400 calories & one cheat meal on Friday evenings, but I get out of hand on the weekends. I am in this for the long hall and I think my mindset is stuck on eating less in the beginning to get to your goal and then as you get closer to goal you can eat more or splurge. Please help me to understand this all as I am so exhausted. Age 36, female, 195 lbs, 4 ft 10 inches, I workout 3-4 times a week and burn only like 150-300 calories depending on my day. d'oh

-Lora
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06-24-2014, 06:28 AM
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Hello Lora and welcome

you are probably not gonna want to hear what I say - but its true - you are going to have to eat at least that 1761 in fact you should be eating your TDEE for at least 8 weeks! The good side of things is that the more you eat you less you will binge on the weekend - honestly I know exactly what you mean!

I would suggest that you work your way up to TDEE 100 cals per week - taking as long as you like (this will minimise the weight gain) then stay at TDEE for the 8 weeks

In that time mentally you will feel SO much better! you won't wantto cheat and you - honestly - won't want to eat unhealthy things - but its a process so you will over eat you will eat crap and you will gain - some - weight

the Pluses - you will feel amazing (honestly I have NEVER felt better and I gained about 6lbs on reset and 1.5st this year - and its coming off slowly) you will start to love life, you will have way more energy and you will want to be more active

if you have the time read up on a few of the other journals and you can see how we all went through the reset with very similar problems/issues and coming out the other side we are all in an amazing place.

Oh don't forget as you lose weight you will need to eat less - but honestly I cannot even begin to figure out how I ever ate 1400 or less these days I struggle to eat less than 2000 and at 5'4" I am not massively taller than you happy

Good luck and let us know how you get on happy
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06-24-2014, 06:33 AM (This post was last modified: 06-24-2014 06:36 AM by jaeone.)
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Hi there, welcome back, again!
You can use the em2wl concept without lifting, but we recommend lifting weights because the lifting uses the extra calories as fuel and helps to shape your body while you lose fat and helps you conserve your muscle. wink
The eating very low during the week and then cheating on the weekends is not healthy, it really causes your weight to yo yo back and forth. You can eat the 1761 per day and do it eating healthy foods. Try adding almonds, greek yogurt, tuna fish, peanut butter crackers or add a Quest protein bar as healthy protein packed snacks. Make sure your main meals are also full of protein, which will help you preserve your muscle also. Include foods with fiber to help you feel fuller longer.
If you enjoy cardio, continue to do it. We are just glad to have you back!!
What type of workouts do you do?

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06-24-2014, 09:16 AM
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RE: Back Again!
I totally agree with both of the above. I would work your way slowly up to your TDEE and stay there for a minimum of 8 weeks prior to starting your 15% cut. I bet that once you get used to eating at this new level, your desire to binge or go overboard will all but go away.

It is totally possible to eat at this level without adding "junk" --- just make sure that what you are eating is calorie dense. If you are short on calories, nuts, nut butters, avocado and full fat dairy will help you to reach your daily goal. The healthy proteins, fats and fiber will also help to keep you feeling full (again, decreasing the desire to binge...)

It is definitely scary, but we have all been there. As Sarah said, read through some of the Diaries on here and you will see the ups and downs of the process --- most of us have gone through the same feelings at some point. Just take it slow and know that we will be here to support you along the way :-)

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06-30-2014, 10:48 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. Still trying to decide what I want to do happy

-Lora
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07-01-2014, 05:19 AM
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I can probably speak for almost everybody who has gone through this process, that it is definitely a scary step to take when starting out. I think everyone is full of doubt and fear at the beginning. If you have not done do already, read through some of the many Testimonials and you will see that what you are feeling is totally normal, however there is success on the other side, if you are willing to trust the process and give it the time that it needs.... The Starter Kit is also a great resource and very helpful, especially when starting out. It is not a fast process, but it definitely beats a life full of deprivation and hunger.

We are here to help and support you along the way....

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