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MFP & Cut Value
07-24-2015, 08:29 PM
Post: #11
RE: MFP & Cut Value
You may see a little jump on the scale as you eat at TDEE, but just ignore it.. Remember from your previous post that you are going to try to focus on all of the positive changes you are seeing and not on the number on the scale? Your body needs that break from eating at a deficit. You won't be eating over TDEE so any weight you might gain is just going to be water and possibly extra food bulk in your system.

Yep, just continue to workout as normal. Resist the urge to workout more to compensate for the increased intake.

As far as forcing yourself ... you never want to force yourself to eat. Eating should not be a miserable act. If you are having difficulty reaching your daily goals there are a couple of things to keep in mind: Make sure you start eating early in the morning and don't save those calories for the afternoon and evening or you will just feel overly stuffed. Also, look for more calorie-dense foods like nuts, nut butters, olive and coconut oils and avocados. Calories in those things add up quickly! Steer away from anything "low calorie", "diet" or "reduced" anything... Full fat dairy products are fine as well.

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07-25-2015, 10:06 AM
Post: #12
RE: MFP & Cut Value
Yup - it would take a good long few months to even gain 2 lb is you were eating 250 calories over your TDEE, so any weight gain w/in a week or two is going to be water weight.

Remember that your hunger cues have probably been messed up due to dieting for so long. If you can, do 'force' yourself to eat up to TDEE - the best way to do that and not feel overwhelmingly full is to eat really calorie dense foods. In fact, I'd say incorporate some yummy treats into your diet, like chocolate.
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08-24-2015, 02:20 PM
Post: #13
RE: MFP & Cut Value
Hi, Just wanted to give you an update. I've been eating at TDEE (2025) for a month now and have not gained any weight. My weight fluctuates between 134 - 136. It's the same weight range I was at while eating at cut value of 1700. I was afraid I'd put on weight after eating at Cut Value for a about 6 weeks. I realize at this point it's not about the weight since you pointed out that I don't have much to lose. How do I drop the inches? Do I eat at cut value again of 1700? I'd really like to trim a few inches off my waist and thighs. I'm not losing any inches anywhere. On the up side, my biceps are definitely bigger. A few of my non-stretchy blouses are too snug around the biceps to wear comfortably. That's definitely a plus and I like what I'm seeing there. By the way, I've been doing the Heavy-Light Workout Plan. I'm on week 4, with 1 - 2 cardio workouts per week (approximately 1 hour total of cardio).
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08-24-2015, 08:40 PM
Post: #14
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Fantastic update! How awesome is that to be eating over 2,000 calories a day and no weight gain?!

So you have been at TDEE for a month so far. I would stick to that level for another month or two. You really want to let your body get used to the fact that *this*, and not your former intake, is maintenance. Use this time at TDEE to try to build a bit of muscle, then when you take a small 10 or 15% cut in a couple of months that muscle will really start to shine through.

You are doing great! Just keep on doing exactly what you are doing and don't rush the process. This is one part you definitely want to be consistent about...

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08-25-2015, 04:19 AM
Post: #15
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You may discover that over time, you'll lose some of that fat while eating at TDEE too - body recomposition. I definitely did. And I would never go below 10% cut with the amount you have to lose, so eating around 1825 would be good once you do your cut in another month.
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08-25-2015, 02:47 PM
Post: #16
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Thank you both for your feedback. I will continue eating at TDEE for another month. The only change I'll make to my diet is to make healthier choices instead of eating empty calories. I was really surprised that I didn't put on any weight. I always thought I'd put on weight if I wasn't killing myself doing cardio. What a eye-opening experience to maintain my weight without killing myself doing cardio. I'll check in in another month. happy
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08-25-2015, 09:21 PM
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Love it! Fabulous update!

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08-26-2015, 12:47 PM
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