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Intro and reset question
01-19-2015, 01:14 AM
Post: #1
Intro and reset question

So a little about me: I've been doing MFP for 20 days with a 1200-1300 Net. (I've been eating back 150-250 workout calories a day, so probably eating 1350-1500 total)

I am starting to feel hungry! I've always felt like my metabolism is pretty fast (I've only gained too much from just completely over-eating the wrong foods), so this eat more thing makes sense to me!

Here is my main question, do I need to do a re-set since I've been eating pretty low for 20 days or is it OK to just decrease my deficit and go from there?

Let's be honest, I don't really wanna do a re-set if I don't have to!

I plan on switching to a weight lifting focused workout plan 3-4 times a week. (I've been doing youtube workout videos like 30 day shred.) So I think my new calorie goal will be around 1800 a day. So exciting by the way... I love food. big grin
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01-19-2015, 04:17 PM
Post: #2
RE: Intro and reset question
First of all, welcome! So glad you found us before you spent too much more time starving! laughing

Since it was only 20 days, you are probably okay just going to that 15% deficit. The resets are recommended for those who have eaten at a deficit for an extended period of time, or have been yo-yo dieting for a long time. It sounds like you were not at that level for too long... What have your figured your TDEE to be? I am assuming that 1,800 is a 15% deficit? Great job figuring out that starvation was not the way to go!

Great job deciding to integrate the strength training. This will help you see the most positive changes in your body composition and shape!

Can't wait to hear about your progress and success!

Anitra Soto
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01-20-2015, 01:32 AM
Post: #3
RE: Intro and reset question
Thanks for your reply! OK... I seem to be getting different numbers for my cut. What link do you recommend I use? Are there two versions of the scooby thing? I've followed different links and gotten different numbers.

Here is one link I found:

I get 1322 BMR, 2050 TDEE and 1742 15% cut

But another link is a similar page but leaves out the research method option and gives me more calories.

Which should I do?
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01-20-2015, 05:58 AM
Post: #4
RE: Intro and reset question
I found that the scooby workshop had the most accurate one for me - and I tested my TDEE for a few months. Make sure you are including any activity outside of just exercise...for most of us, unless you are a complete couch potato after you sit at a desk all day at work, should move up a level. My TDEE turned out to be 2300 calories which I found shocking but true.
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01-20-2015, 10:52 AM
Post: #5
RE: Intro and reset question
Well the issue is there seems to be a couple versions of the scooby link. Each one gives different results. I have my activity level set to moderate. I'm a stay at home mom who chases a toddler around and I try to work out every day although my workouts aren't that long right now. I'm planning to actually workout less times in the week but do longer weight training sessions. (Right now a typical workout lasts about 20-25 minutes and is light weight and cardio focused)... I'd like to go up to 45 minutes but maybe 3 times a week.

I'm 5' 3.5" and weight 135, so if my numbers seem a little low it's because I'm not very tall or big. I really don't have a ton of fat to lose. I probably need to lose 15 pounds to really get the flat belly I'm after. I've always had a flabby stomach and felt bad in a swimsuit. Add to that a c section, and I just really need to tone up. I think 120 would be an amazing weight. Even 125 with a good amount of muscle would be awesome!
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01-20-2015, 03:00 PM
Post: #6
RE: Intro and reset question

This one is the best.

I'm 5'6", 146 & 46 yr old - it's tough not having high numbers. I think moderate is a good setting as someone with a toddler though it might be even higher (knowing the toddler I know). Try it out and see how it goes - if you lose too fast (more than 1/2 lb a week) add more food, if you lose too slowly, take a bit away (such as 100 calories either side).
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