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Resetting and re-thinking
10-23-2014, 07:03 AM
Post: #1
Resetting and re-thinking
Hi there!

I'm Julia, a 26 year old girl from Barcelona, Spain (in case you see I write strange things, it's because English is not my mother tongue). I registered in MFP community long ago, but at the same time I have been "lurking" this forum, and it seems much more active to me, so I thought, "better join the party!". Thus, I just came here.

Let me share my background with you, which I'm sure will sound so very familiar to you...
I had never been fit, never cared about my looks, and never done anything to be healthy until I went out from a very tumultuous relationship with an ex-boyfriend 6 years ago. Then I started dieting, working out, and all the things people without proper guidance do AT ONCE.

I lost 35 kg in 6 months or so. I was surviving on 1000-1200 calories a day max, exhausting cardio routines, little to none lifting, and experiencing changes in my body which I thought were cool: being always cold, hair falling, extremely cold hands and feet, nails breaking, mood changes, no hunger... I was living the dream. I was 59/60 kg, and I was skinny and all the clothes fitted me. Then, 2 years later (after being VLCD and being a total cardio bunny) I met my current man and, well, you know... People got to eat. I felt I was stalling, not that I wanted to lose anything, but weight crept up really easily (i gained 5 kg). I tried everything, low carb, paleo, KETO, IF... At the same time, I discovered weight lifting, which I must say is the thing that brought me here... So I looked stronger, but fat started to win over muscle. Of course, during all that time, my VLCD coexisted with weekend binges and things like that. I justified them calling them cheat meals, that I thought i could manage. But no.

This has been on until late August, when I was 67 kg (7 kg more than my lowest weight) and started worrying about what may be happening to me. I searched for metabolism recovery, and well... A new world opened in front of me. Of course, I wanted to try it.

I cut cardio progressively (though I try to walk at least 8,000 steps everyday). I gave more importance to lifting the heavy weight! (I'm on the 2nd phase of Nia Shank's program Train to be Awesome), and started increasing my calories.

Nowadays, after two months of gradually eating more and training stronger and exhausting less, I'm 2.5 kg heavier, my clothes don't fit and there are days when I just feel bloated and can't eat anything else. According to scooby, though, I'm eating at a 15% deficit. I'm watching my macros 40C/30P/30F closely, and for several weeks I have not had one of those binges I had in the past.

The thing is... you know it. I feel sad, discouraged, and I don't want to gain any more weight. At the same time I know the process will take longer, but how long? And what if I start cutting and gain even more?

In case you wonder, here are my stats:
26 years female
172 cm
69.5 kg
approx 29% BF

According to sccoby (AT 67 KG):
BMR: 1500
TDEE: 2300
TDEE 15% deficit: 1959

Have been eating 2100 consistently, and gone up 2.5 kg.

Thanks for reading me!

Julia
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10-24-2014, 03:29 AM
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RE: Resetting and re-thinking
I'm reasonably new to this process, but from what I can tell, the longer you have been doing VLCD the longer it's going to take for you to recover. And from what I can read, that while most people do gain weight at first, it will stabilise and THEN you can do a cut and it will actually work. You aren't heavy at this point, even if you would like to be a bit smaller - but don't focus on the scale. It is evil and it lies. I think one super great website to look at about the lies of the scale is NerdFitness and the story about Staci who weighed more but got smaller.

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/...uper-hero/

You can do this. It's worth it!!!
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10-24-2014, 06:03 AM
Post: #3
RE: Resetting and re-thinking
Welcome - so glad you decided to join us, and thanks for sharing your story!

Well, just like mrsukyankee said, the longer you have been eating at a steep deficit, the longer the healing process can take. The good news is, however, that you are on the right track! Congrats on incorporating the strength training, and well done upping your calories!

Right now, your body is simply adapting to the increased intake. Some of those initial gains are just glycogen stores being refilled (which had been depleted while eating at a steep deficit), some of it is increased volume of food being held and digested by the body, some of it may be water retention from the strength training, and there may even be a small amount of muscle gain (although that can be fairly difficult to gain muscle while eating at a deficit).

Were the gains that you have experienced mostly seen at the beginning of the process, or have they been happening slowly over time?

Personally, if I were you, I would continue to up your calories and do a full metabolism reset. You are almost there, with only about 200 more calories a day to go. I would bump my calories up to TDEE over the next couple of weeks, and then stay at that level consistently for a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks. By doing this, you will be reminding your metabolism of what "normal" is. While eating at TDEE, you can also take full advantage of the strength training and hopefully make some nice gains strength-wise. After your body has accepted your increased intake as normal, then it should be ready to respond positively while eating at that 15% cut.

Right now, you are so close to TDEE, that I would go ahead and do that re-set - get your metabolism revved up as high as it can go. Although you may feel larger than you would like to, you don't really have much to lose, so you should be able to stick to that small deficit (after the re-set) and see some positive results (especially when combining that with the weight lifting).

You are definitely on the right track, so just keep up the great work! Also, feel free to start a journal of your own here on these forums in the Personal Journals section --- it's a great place to record your progress and also to interact with others going through the same process.

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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10-24-2014, 06:20 AM
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RE: Resetting and re-thinking
Thanks to both of you, the support you give means a lot to all of us! I'm going to start my journal on my weigh-in day!
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10-24-2014, 06:23 AM
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You are very welcome... Please know we are here for help and support along the way, and we are very excited to watch your progress!

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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