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Reset Advice (newbie)
05-06-2015, 04:46 PM
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Reset Advice (newbie)
Hi,
I'm new here; although I have been lurking for sometimeraised eyebrows but just decided to post now. I have some questions concerning the reset process (I also posted this in MFP EM2WL Group) :

I am on my 3rd week of eating my tdee of 2,300-2,400 . Scooby calculator says 2,400 but I recently got a Fitbit Charge HR (had it for 2 weeks) and last week was a typical week for me, so I went by that weekly report. That report said I burned 17,139 cals, which puts me at 2,448 daily. I figured, I usually have one of those days where I miss a workout, so I should stay at 2,300 cal. I'm not doubting my tdee just letting you know where I got my numbers from.

The 2nd week (last week) of eating my tdee I began to feel ravenous and started eating 200-300 calories over my tdee. I'm sure that is part of the process, but since then I've gained 6lbs for that week. In the first week of eating my tdee I gained 2lbs, but It would also drop back down 1lb. Is eating 300 cal over my tdee the reason for my 6lb gain? Also, since I weigh myself every morning, I noticed it's a pound for everyday.

Another factor could be from weight lifting. I do upper body strength (heavy lifting) 3x a week and end it with 20 minutes of HIIT. I also do lower body strength (heavy lifting) 2x a week.


Another concern I'm having is, Do I even need a reset?
I've only been a VLCD for a year and a half. The first 5 months I spent 2 hours on the elliptical burning 500-600 calories; eating 1,200-1,300 calories without eating calories back. This method allowed me to lose 40 lbs, but then I came to a plateau for the rest of the year. Within that year I tried slashing calories to 800-900 for a week or 2, then tried low carb, and lastly tried intermittent fasting. All of these did not work except for IF; I was losing inches, but that's all. Given my diet background, Is a reset necessary? If so, how long? Do I need 4 weeks? 8 weeks like most people or maybe 12 weeks? If not, should I try a deficit?


Update: someone on MFP told me the weight gain is water fluctuations and that I would need to be eating 5,300 calories everyday to gain 6lbs of fat in a week. If thats true when does the water weight go away? Also, is it bad to be eating over my tdee?


Thank you to anyone who answers happy ; I've been doubting this process the whole time :# .
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05-07-2015, 06:58 AM
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RE: Reset Advice (newbie)
Hi Rigby! I replied to you in the MFP forum as well, but it will be great to have Anitra chime in as well! happy Glad to see you over here in the main forums!

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05-07-2015, 03:37 PM
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RE: Reset Advice (newbie)
Welcome! Glad you finally decided to post!

First of all, that is a long time to be on a VLCD, so yes, a reset would be in order. Remember, if you were eating 1,200 calories and burning 600, you were only giving your body 600 calories to exist on! The body will quickly adapt the metabolism downward to account for that type of intake... As far as how long of a reset you will need, I would play that by ear. If you are rushing to want to cut, you are not ready (mentally).

If your FitBit is giving you an average burn of 2,448, then I would go with that number as a starting point. You say that you occasionally have days without a workout so have compensated by eating at 2,300 calories, but remember, your FitBit has already taken all of that into account. It "knows" what you do each and every day, so there is really no need to compensate for that... I actually recently posted a blog about finding your true TDEE that you might find helpful, if you have not already read it:

http://eatmore2weighless.com/how-do-i-fi...true-tdee/

It sounds to me like you haven't even really increased your calories to the point where you are consistently eating at your TDEE (at least the one that FitBit gives you...). I would spend some time trying to find your "true" TDEE before even thinking about cutting. (and yes, if you gained 6 pounds in one week, that is water weight. In order for that to have been fat, you would have had to have eaten 21,000 calories over your TDEE, which you certainly did not do.... It should stabilize back down over a few days...)

Hope that helps a bit (and take a look at that Blog and see if it helps clarify things at all...)

Anitra Soto
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05-07-2015, 06:41 PM
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RE: Reset Advice (newbie)
Thank you Jenn and Anitra you've both been very helpfulbig hug

Ok I will continue with a 12 week reset; making sure to be consistent with my Fitbit TDEE. I will also not worry about taking a cut till much later in my journey, once I find my true TDEE.
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05-07-2015, 07:45 PM
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RE: Reset Advice (newbie)
So it sounds like we had the same advice? laughing

Sounds like you are foo on the right foot and are going to do great! Make sure to check in here and update us on your progress... Feel free to start a journal of your own if you want to in the Personal Journals section of these forums. It's a great way to track your progress and interact with others going through the same process.

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