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noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
04-21-2016, 03:50 PM (This post was last modified: 04-21-2016 03:52 PM by theneverendingweightstory.)
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noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
I just want to say that I'am happy to have started this method since I've been in a calorie deficit forever(or more like zig-zagging).
So far I only gained like 3-4lbs and it's only been 9 days(Going to do this for 8 weeks)
Anyways, I was curious..once I go back to my cut phase..I understand i'am only suppose to cut for 6 weeks, and than go back to my TDEE for 4-6 weeks and cut again until I get to my goal weight.

Thing is, if eating at my TDEE makes me gain weight, how do I keep this weight off in the long run?

Also, another quick activity question

Am I lightly or moderately active?

I walk my dog 6 nights a week ranging from 45-60min, at a 2.7 mph pace, and I stop to let her own the grass. I circuit and strength train 2x a week for 30mins, or sometimes 50.
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04-21-2016, 07:32 PM (This post was last modified: 04-21-2016 07:33 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
First of all, welcome! Great job committing to EM2WL...

As far as doing your reset, a lot will depend on your past dieting history. Have you gotten a chance to read the Metabolism Reset Guide? A lot of the most commonly asked questions are answered in there. http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

In order to be able to answer your questions, we will need a bit more info: Were you eating at a steep deficit before increasing your calories? When you increased, did you do it gradually or all at once? What have you determined your TDEE to be?

As far as the reset a minimum of 8 weeks is recommended, but if your history of under eating is long, then 12 weeks or longer is better. Remember, your reset time will not actually start until you reach your TDEE and are eating consistently at that level. After your reset, when you begin to cut, you will want to keep those cutting phases between 8 and 12 weeks. The diet breaks where you return to TDEE need not be any longer than a week or two, however you can certainly stay at TDEE longer if you want to. The point of the diet breaks is simply so that your body does not acclimate to eating at a cut and start to accept that cut as your new TDEE.

Another thing, eating at TDEE should not make you gain weight. Initially it may, as you work your way through the reset process, but the very definition of TDEE is how many calories you expend each day. So, once your metabolism has healed eating at TDEE should equal eating at Maintenance. Take a look at that Metabolism Reset Guide and see if that helps to clear things up at all and get back to us...

Oh, and that's definitely a Moderate activity level. That's a lot of walking, but the pace is not too fast, and the strength training is only twice a week, so I would go with Moderate.

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04-22-2016, 10:45 AM
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RE: noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
(04-21-2016 07:32 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  First of all, welcome! Great job committing to EM2WL...

As far as doing your reset, a lot will depend on your past dieting history. Have you gotten a chance to read the Metabolism Reset Guide? A lot of the most commonly asked questions are answered in there. http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

In order to be able to answer your questions, we will need a bit more info: Were you eating at a steep deficit before increasing your calories? When you increased, did you do it gradually or all at once? What have you determined your TDEE to be?

As far as the reset a minimum of 8 weeks is recommended, but if your history of under eating is long, then 12 weeks or longer is better. Remember, your reset time will not actually start until you reach your TDEE and are eating consistently at that level. After your reset, when you begin to cut, you will want to keep those cutting phases between 8 and 12 weeks. The diet breaks where you return to TDEE need not be any longer than a week or two, however you can certainly stay at TDEE longer if you want to. The point of the diet breaks is simply so that your body does not acclimate to eating at a cut and start to accept that cut as your new TDEE.

Another thing, eating at TDEE should not make you gain weight. Initially it may, as you work your way through the reset process, but the very definition of TDEE is how many calories you expend each day. So, once your metabolism has healed eating at TDEE should equal eating at Maintenance. Take a look at that Metabolism Reset Guide and see if that helps to clear things up at all and get back to us...

Oh, and that's definitely a Moderate activity level. That's a lot of walking, but the pace is not too fast, and the strength training is only twice a week, so I would go with Moderate.


Thank you so much for such an informative reply!!
I did read the guide, the free basic one, but was still alil unclear about how weight gain works once you fix your metabolism in the long run. To be perfectly honest, my diet has been horrible for years, let's say since I was 19, between overeating and under eating. I was probably eating between 600-2500 calories every other day, and would have One super big meal, and one small meal a day +walking for 3 hours since I used to live in NYC. My personal trainer, who I hired, in mid March told me to eat at about 1400 calories. Last month, I ate between 1200-1400,which I felt was too low after doing my HW, and when I calculated my TDEE, I ate at my supposed cut of 1800(3 days) and drastic cut(4 days) for a week, before I *ripped the band aid* and upped it to my TDEE of 2125. But when I used [undefined=http://scoobysworkshop.com/accurate-calorie-calculator/]scooby's accurate calculator[/undefined] and entered my body fat, it gave me a TDEE of 2155, so since last sunday I ate at around that much.

I had a feeling I was moderate due to walking the dog every night, but to be perfectly honest, I don't feel I am burning up a sweat when I do my strength training/circuit training and it rotates cause sometimes I do 30mins when I'am with my trainer, but on my own its 45-50mins.

I also used [undefined=http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/heybales/view/weight-loss-spreadsheet-for-bmr-tdee-deficit-calculations-426221]Haybales calculator[/undefined], and according to him, my TDEE is 2127 on weeks where my strength/weight training is 50mins and 2097 on 30min strength days.
So I've been eating over my TDEE this past week it seems, and that explains the body fat gain, so is it safe to say..2127 is my safe zone?

Even though I was around 162-163 before I upped my calories, my bmi and bodyfat never budged..until this weeklaughing
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04-22-2016, 02:54 PM
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RE: noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
Well, it certainly sounds as though your TDEE is right in that 2100 - 2150 range, and great job recognizing that your body needs more than that 1400 calories. That is probably closer to your BMR...

And just to be clear, the Metabolism Reset Guide is different than the Starter Kit or the Quick Start Kit, as it actually goes into more detail about the reset process specifically and what to expect. Make sure this is what you are reading during this portion of the process: http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

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05-04-2016, 07:15 PM
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RE: noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
Welcome, from another noob on the metabolic reset train! I've gained 10+ lbs in about two months, and that's not even eating at my TDEE, which is freaking me out, but I'm hanging in there. Glad to see you're doing well so far. happy
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05-11-2016, 09:52 PM
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RE: noob here currently doing a metabolic reset
(04-22-2016 02:54 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Well, it certainly sounds as though your TDEE is right in that 2100 - 2150 range, and great job recognizing that your body needs more than that 1400 calories. That is probably closer to your BMR...

And just to be clear, the Metabolism Reset Guide is different than the Starter Kit or the Quick Start Kit, as it actually goes into more detail about the reset process specifically and what to expect. Make sure this is what you are reading during this portion of the process: http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

Thank you! After reading this and being in the reset game for 4 weeks..I still can't tell if I'am at TDEE Plus I factor in other things too like my menstrual cycle. Last time my weight jumped up a lb, my period was about to start and I also started my Reset, so I went from 163 to 164 and as soon as period started, I was 165. 3 days after my period, I was back to 164, but this cycle I ovulated one week after not having my period and I'm due this Friday so I went right back up to 165, and for the past two days I have been 166lbs. Not to mention my body weight and bmi has gone up too, but just by 0.5%

(05-04-2016 07:15 PM)Rebekah Wrote:  Welcome, from another noob on the metabolic reset train! I've gained 10+ lbs in about two months, and that's not even eating at my TDEE, which is freaking me out, but I'm hanging in there. Glad to see you're doing well so far. happy
How long do you plan to do your reset for?
I'am doing it for two months, so by June 12th, I'll start my cut. I was hoping my bmi and body fat wouldn't increase but oh well..*sighs*
gotta stick with it for the long haul. However, eating more has been fun...and I'm totally going to hate when I have to cut but at the same time I will be relieved cause tonight I have my night shift, only at 1400 calories, so I gotta scramble to find extra healthy calories when I get home =D
if I can atleast break 2,000 I'd be happy
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