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Back again even more lost!
06-05-2015, 09:03 AM
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Hi
I posted a few momths ago about how I wasn't losimg weight on 1200 cal with exercise! I was advised to reset which I tried for a while but reduced and have hit the same place! Just so lost and confused!

So i joined the gym at Xmas and began tracking calories at 1200!
I didn't lose weight so tried eating the exercise calories back. Still lost nothing!
I tried my old weight watcher diet- still lost nothing.
Then I found my way here!
So I ate at 1890 for 4 weeks and gained about 3lb
I then decided to reduce
So I dropped to 1740 and lost 1lb
Then I dropped to 1600 and lost 2lb
So then I thought I'd drop to 1500 and lost nothing. Even put a ping back on!
So this week I thought I'd try slim fast (I know, I know) so on 1200 cal and still lost nothing. In fact I've put 2lb on????
How!
I'm so so lost now
I posted on a site where they basically called me a liar. Said I wasn't tracking everything I ate because I couldn't possibly have not lost weight!!
I was sobbing tears of frustration at this because I've been weighing and tracking for 5 months!!
Then they say I'm been ridiculous and starvation mode doesn't exist!!!
I just don't know what's wrong with me
I'm 40 and 5ft5.5
I do 2-3 spin classes a week and body pump and general gym/weights!!
I know I dropped down calories but am going swag with friends in 3 weeks for my 40th birthday and was desperate to lose!
I'm so so depressed about this. 5 months and I've not lost a pound
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06-05-2015, 03:15 PM
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RE: Back again even more lost!
Welcome back. Well, it sounds like you have tried everything and my guess is that is most of the problem. Consistency really is key. If you change too many things at once, or don't give things time enough to work, you will never know what is working and what is not...

Sounds like you were on the right track with increasing your calories and doing a reset, but then bailed and reverted to low cal diets before giving it a chance to work. Truly, before starting a reset, it is vital to understand the whole process and know what to expect along the way. Have you gotten a chance to read the Metabolism Reset Guide? Here, the process is described in detail along with answers to many of the frequently asked questions. If you haven't, take a look:

http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

To answer some of your questions, you have already discovered that the low cal diets do not work long-term. Eventually, the body adapts and down-regulates the metabolism to meet the decreased intake. What you need to do to get it back up and running where it should be is to go back to that metabolism reset and give the process the time that it needs. If you have a short-term goal like 3 weeks, you will have to put those aside and just concentrate on healing your metabolism.

I would suggest calculating your TDEE, then upping your calories slowly to that level and then stay there *consistently* for a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks, perhaps longer (depending on how long and severe your dieting history has been). The key word there is *consistently*. During this process, you are trying to get your metabolism revved back up where it should be, and then stay there so that it learns that this is the new normal, the new maintenance. You really want to make sure you are completely comfortable and stable eating at TDEE for a prolonged period of time prior to taking a cut, or else you risk your body seeing this as just another cycle in the yo-yo dieting.

Definitely take a look at that Reset Guide and come back to us with questions and comments. Hopefully that will clear up some of your questions...

Look forward to hearing back from you. Please know that we are here to help you through the process, as long as you are willing to give it the time it needs...

Anitra Soto
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06-06-2015, 03:21 AM
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RE: Back again even more lost!
Thanks
I've just read the guide and see that this is definitely me!!
I can't believe I just fell back into the trap
I was amazed that on upping to 1800 calories immediately I only gained 3lb.
And then how easily it fell off especially at 1600!
I can't bekieve I dropped to 1500?? Why would I do this when I was losing at 1600?? And why when I didn't lose at 1500 did I drop again instead of going back up? I think I panicked!!!
If I now go back to the 1600 might it pick back up??
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06-06-2015, 06:30 AM
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RE: Back again even more lost!
Personally, I would just throw any short-term goals out the window and start thinking long-term metabolism repair. Gradually start increasing your calories in an effort to determine your "true TDEE". Don't worry about weight loss during this phase, as it most likely will not happen. Instead focus on the fact that you are healing your metabolism and getting it back up and running where it should. Then, and only then, should thoughts of cutting even enter your mind. Once your metabolism is actually "maintaining at maintenance" (eating at TDEE and weight is stable), then when you introduce a small cut, the body will recognize it as a cut.

For now, just concentrate on consistency and determining your true TDEE. I know you said that previously you ate at 1890 for 4 weeks, but are you sure that was your true TDEE? The only way to figure that out is to up your calories again and monitor your weight. Continue this process until you see slow gains which do not stabilize over time --- then you have most likely surpassed your TDEE. Don't worry about seeing a small gain on the scale at this point. If and when it happens, just bump your intake back down by 100 and continue to monitor. Most likely things will stabilize again with this small adjustment. Once you do determine your true TDEE, 4 weeks is not nearly long enough for a reset. Remember, you are trying to re-train your metabolism and get it used to this new, increased level of intake, and that takes time. Cut too soon, and you will just find yourself back resetting again in the future.

So happy you are giving this another chance. As you can see, the quick-fix, low cal methods will work for a while, but then when you hit the inevitable plateau, the only true way out is to take the time to "fix" your metabolism.

Keep us updated, and feel free to start a journal of your own in the Personal Journals section of these forums. It's a great place to track and record your progress, and to interact with others going through the same process..

Anitra Soto
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06-06-2015, 07:35 AM
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RE: Back again even more lost!
Thanks I will try my best x
So is this definitely what is up with me?
I've been going out of my mind!
And then on a forum last night people were laughing saying I was lying- that there was no way I could be eating 1200 and not losing/putting on weight! They said I must be the Virgin Mary as that would be such a miracle! And that I'm not weighing properly etc!!
Pretty soul destroying stuff!!
I knew I'm doing the sums right. To put on 2.5lb in a week means I must be eating 8750 calories a week etc!!! Which is double what I eat. There is no way I'm doing this!
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06-06-2015, 05:01 PM
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RE: Back again even more lost!
I would never say definitely, without a doubt this is what's going on, because I don't think that anyone can say that, but yes, based on all that I have seen and experienced, your dieting history has resulted in your metabolism slowing down to match the decreased intake.

If you just look at your history, you can probably see that the low cal diets worked for a while until your body adapted. Then, once your weight plateaued your only option was to lower your intake and increase the workout intensity, which again worked for a while until the body adapted. The body is an amazing machine and always seems to seek homeostasis. Lower your intake, it will slow the metabolism to maintain homeostasis... If you put everything else aside, it makes perfect sense. The body is just trying to preserve itself...

Now, your job is to gradually increase calories to get it revved back up. It is not a fast or easy process, but it is one well worth the time. Definitely start a journal on here so you can interact with others who are going through the same thing. Support is vital... And it sounds like you should stay away from whatever forum you are on where people treat you so negatively. Nobody needs that. I think you will find everyone here to be nothing but supportive and encouraging...

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