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newbie reset question
03-13-2015, 12:48 PM
Post: #1
newbie reset question
Hi everyone, I'm so glad to have found other who find it difficult to eat more food. I'm up to 1475 cal./day after 12 weeks of adding 25 cal/week. I've gained 4 pounds and am frustrated at how long its going to take me to get to TDEE at this rate. My BMR is 1350 so I've only been eating above that for 6 weeks of my 12 week reset. I'm tempted to just jump up & eat a ton but I feel bloated if I eat too much & am super scared to gain any more. Is there any chance I can lose weight on my way up - like once I get to eating closer to TDEE, can I lose w/out having to sit at TDEE for another 12 weeks? I can't stand this belly fat I'm carrying around & since starting weight lifting it feels like the fat that was in my tush & thighs just moved into my upper thighs and hips! I don't want to buy new clothes if this is going to work & my weight will come back down but my clothes fit so strangely now! I have no idea how long I've been eating at low calories, never really paid attention before now. I had a good metabolism before having kids & starting to eat less. Just really hoping this isn't going to take years to fix - 12 weeks has seemed so long already! Any advice or encourage would be appreciated!
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03-15-2015, 04:56 PM
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RE: newbie reset question
I'm so sorry - this is a tough path to take, but it's worth it. You can't do the quick fix with it. BUT the weight you are gaining - that 4 lbs is only water stores coming back. You haven't gained fat - 25 calories more is not going to do that. It's water weight. WATER. And bloating. And much of it is mental. My guess is that you are seeing things that don't exist - I know I did during my ED recovery.

Head down to the journals and do some reading and join in as well. We're both supportive and give good pushes!
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03-15-2015, 06:39 PM
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RE: newbie reset question
thank you for your encouragement. Sometimes I think I'm blowing my size out of proportion and then I see a photo of myself & then think I look so awful. I think I need to get some larger clothes, which I usually fight doing like crazy but it might help me feel better about this path I've chosen. Nobody looks good w/ 'rolls' pooching out! Normally I use that look to motivate me to lose weight but I don't think that mentality fits w/ this new approach. I am enjoying eating more food and my hair has stopped falling out! I just feel so full & fat eating 'so much' though & I weigh as much as I ever have. Is 25 cal./week too slow? So what are 'the journals'?
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03-17-2015, 01:40 PM
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RE: newbie reset question
If you go to the bottom of the forum, you'll see Motivation/Personal Journals. Many of us are going through a variety of different stages of this so you'll learn a lot reading and get support writing. Honestly, 25 calories per week is fine but it's going to take you a LONG time to get to your TDEE and then you should stay there for 12 weeks. Most people go up about 100 -200 per week. The weight gain is very much normal and won't 'stick'.
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03-17-2015, 08:35 PM
Post: #5
RE: newbie reset question
I 'lost' a bit of weight suddenly overnight after you said it was water weight - you sure were right! I'm experiencing hunger all of a sudden, sort of ravenous now! Does that mean I might be ready to up my calories more quickly & eat more since I'm getting hunger cues or is it better to just keep progressing slowly? I don't want to go overboard now that I'm actually super hungry. I got ravenous when I took a weight lifting break - maybe I was negating my progress by working out? Should I wait until my calories are up more before going back to the weight lifting? I saw a list on here of 'what to expect' - it said 'no hunger, bloating, raving hunger, lethargy, more energy, stabilize - is that an order of stages, which might mean I'm over the bloating stage? You are so sweet to be on here helping us newbies - I will check out the journals, I'm dedicated to this & super excited that it might actually work!
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03-18-2015, 04:48 AM
Post: #6
RE: newbie reset question
NO...don't stop weight lifting. It's good. It revs up the metabolism which is what you want and is what you are experiencing.

And yes, this might be a good time to up your calories more - I'd add 100 or 200 right now and see how it goes. Yay for hunger and faster metabolisms!
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03-18-2015, 07:15 AM
Post: #7
RE: newbie reset question
Yay! So glad you are doing well! Yep, keep up the strength training --- muscles are the driving force behind a strong metabolism! And if you are feeling hungry, take advantage of that and start to increase your calories a bit faster now. At 25 calories a week, it is going to take you a loooooong time to get to TDEE. If you can handle 100 calorie increments you should still be able to keep the weight gain to a minimum while getting to TDEE a bit faster. You can always slow it down again if you ever feel the need, but for now, take advantage of that hunger (and lack of bloated-ness!) laughing

Anitra Soto
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03-18-2015, 10:44 AM
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RE: newbie reset question
okay, thanks so much for the advice!
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03-18-2015, 08:02 PM
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RE: newbie reset question
You are going to do great!

Anitra Soto
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03-18-2015, 08:46 PM
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RE: newbie reset question
Hi Belia, welcome to the family! I agree with all the above!! Healing your body is so important and it will be so worth it! Soon you will wonder how you got by on so little food! Try increasing a 100+daily! Remember your reset will start once you reach your TDEE. You can do this too!! Check out the success stories and journals!

Joan
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