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Trying a reset
12-12-2015, 02:46 PM (This post was last modified: 12-12-2015 02:47 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #11
RE: Trying a reset
You aren't doing anything wrong --- you are doing great! You are trying to determine your TDEE, and the only real way to figure it out is to surpass your TDEE by a little.

You want to reset at the highest intake level possible and stay there for a minimum of 8 or preferably 12 (or more) weeks. In order to do this, you have to determine *your true* TDEE. To do this, you gradually increase your intake until you start to see slow, steady gains *that do not stabilize over time*. Now, those gains that you are seeing may just be simple fluctuations due to sodium, normal hormonal cycles, DOMS or many other factors, or you could have possibly surpassed your TDEE. Even if you did, that is *not* a bad thing! You want to figure out what that number is *for you*, rather than relying on calculators or on-body devices. I would stay at this level for another week or two and just see what happens. If it stabilizes or drops back down, then you know you are right around your TDEE (or under it). If it continues to creep upwards, then simply drop back to 2,100 and see if it will stabilize there.

Regardless, this is a relatively small gain and may just be a normal fluctuation, or if you are eating over TDEE, that's still a good thing to do! It is the only way you will be able to determine *your* numbers. Hang in there and remember NOTHING YOU ARE DOING IS IRREVERSIBLE. Any small gains can be reversed by dropping your intake back - no biggie!

So, to answer your question, yes this is going to work. You are doing perfectly and are just working your way through the process. If you are ever in doubt, just go back and read The Metabolism Reset Guide and refresh your memory (Home page under the Start Here tab). You are doing great!!

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12-15-2015, 05:07 AM
Post: #12
RE: Trying a reset
If it's a fast gain then it's water weight. ALWAYS. It can be hormones, salt in food that doesn't seem salty (chocolate does have a lot sometimes), or just your body repairing itself. There are tons of reasons for fast weight gain with water...which is why many of us don't depend on the scale so much (or expect it to bounce a lot). My weight can bounce between 5 lb in a week, but I look at overall trends.
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12-17-2015, 10:52 PM
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Well I was 151.6 today so that's down from the 153 but still up from my start of 148. Though I've had a gastrointestinal bug most of the week and still bloated and not eating to calories.
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12-18-2015, 10:52 AM
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Hope you get to feeling better soon....

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01-04-2016, 12:36 PM
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Well I weighed in yesterday at 151.4lbs and today I have started a 10% cut. I've been at 2200 calories for 8 weeks and have gone from 148 to 151, then 148, then 153, then 151 so I feel like this is a fairly accurate TDEE. Not as high as the calculators indicated with my activity level, but I'm pre-menopausal so I think maybe that may affect it.

I'm aiming to reduce my sugar intake and try and increase my protein. I've started using a cup of greek yogurt, a tbsp of honey and 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder for breakfast. Hopefully that helps increase my protein total for the day.
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01-04-2016, 03:22 PM
Post: #16
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Just remember to keep that cut fairly short (no more than that 8 weeks) before returning to take a diet break and eat at TDEE for a couple of weeks (or more). Please let us know how you progress!

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01-05-2016, 11:53 AM
Post: #17
RE: Trying a reset
Thanks for all the help!

I've reviewed the information and I think I'm ok to do a cut (which I'm putting at 15% now). I've held at 2200 for 8 weeks and saw a small gain, from 148-151 over that time. I have not done any super restrictive dieting, I was using 1600-1900 for calories over the previous year (I did try the MFP recommended 1200-1400 very briefly, but I work out a lot and I like food, so that was not going to work for me).

I will be weighing in once a week and will take measurements on weigh in day.

My goal is to either lose 10-12 lbs or get back into my size 4/6 pants, whichever comes first!
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01-10-2016, 05:30 PM
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RE: Trying a reset
Today's weigh in 151lbs
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01-10-2016, 06:42 PM
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RE: Trying a reset
What did you start at 151 or 151.4? Either way way keep up the great work and just stay consistent. Some people lose no weight their first cut and don't start to notice a downward trend until the second cut. With a small cut any changes will be slow.

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01-11-2016, 08:22 AM
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I started at 151.4. So it├Ęs a 0.4lb loss. I just really want to finally lose this 10lbs that has crept on over the last year.
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