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Do I need a reset?
05-24-2016, 08:17 PM
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Hi All! I've been on a fitness journey since I had my first baby. Eight years and 3 kids later I have found myself Not being able to shed fat no matter what I do. So, my question is...do you think a metabolism reset is in order? I ate 1800 after I had my 4th baby 6 months ago which wasn't nearly enough considering that I am breastfeeding! I dropped to 1200 at one point for a few weeks with zero results. Out of pure desparation I stumbled upon em2wl and did plenty of research and then dove in.. My TDEE is 2134 + 300 for breastfeeding. Do I need to do a full reset? Or should I just give my "cut calories" a bit longer. It's been 3 weeks and I've gone up about 3lbs (which I understand is totally normal) but I'm ready for my body to start letting go! Thanks for any help!
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05-24-2016, 10:11 PM (This post was last modified: 05-24-2016 10:13 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: Do I need a reset?
Welcome! So glad you have joined us over here and looking forward to hearing more about you and your story!

First of all, I want to make sure that you have gotten a chance to both find and read the Metabolism Reset Guide:

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

In determining whether to go directly to cut or to do a reset definitely depends on one's dieting history. Someone who has been overeating and can just drop right to that cut and expect to see some results right off the bat. By contrast, those of use who come from a history of under eating for long periods of time have to take the time to do the reset.

So, basically, you have determined your TDEE to be around 2400 calories and you have been eating 1800 for the past 6 months with a couple weeks at 1200. All of this has yielded zero results. Based on this history I would definitely recommend doing a reset. Spend some time working your way slowly up to TDEE and allow your body to adapt and acclimate to the increase in calories. Then stay there for a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks, after which you should be ready to introduce that 10 - 15% cut.

The one thing you will want to remember is that as time passes and you may slow down or discontinue the breastfeeding you will want to adjust your TDEE accordingly.

What level are you eating at currently? Also, as though having 4 kids isn't enough laughing, are you able to get any strength training in to your schedule?

Let us know ^^^ and we will be happy to help make sure you start off on the right foot and guide you along the way....

But, in the meantime, the short answer is "yes". Take the time and do the reset. You will not regret the time spent working to get your metabolism back up and running where it should be!

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05-24-2016, 10:35 PM
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RE: Do I need a reset?
Thank you for the response and the information! I'm eating at about 2100 calories right now. Being totally honest, THAT amount even freaks me out! I guess I'm still in the early stages of wrapping my head around the concept of em2wl. But I am trying really hard to stick it out and get this figured out early - I'm only 28 and the prospect of not having to "battle" weight the rest of my life excites me! Haha! Yes, the kids are my "cardio" but I do strength training at home 4-5 days a weeks. Guess I'll be upping my calories for a bit.
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05-25-2016, 06:34 AM
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Sounds great! So, when you calculated your TDEE what did you use for your activity level (or do you have an on-body device)? My reason for asking is that (setting aside the additional calories necessary to support the breastfeeding) that 2134 sounds low for a TDEE unless you are really small/short. Especially being young, having four kids, and strength training 4 - 5 times a week. Make sure you are not underestimating your activity level, or the net result will be that you are still under eating.

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05-25-2016, 09:03 AM
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RE: Do I need a reset?
I chose "lightly active" because I can only fit in about 30 min 4-5 days a week for a structured workout. With breastfeeding and homeschooling, there is a significant chunk of time that I am not moving. BUT after checking my fitbitHR, looks like my TDEE is more like 2300-2400. Does that sound right? With the added calories for breastfeeding...wow! 2700? Haha! The "fear of overeating" is real! Thank you so much for taking the time to help me with this!
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05-25-2016, 09:13 PM (This post was last modified: 05-25-2016 09:17 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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Okay you are definitely more than lightly active, and I think your FitBit has confirmed that for you! Remember, there is a lot more than formal exercise included in our daily calorie burns ... laundry, vacuuming, mopping floors, grocery shopping, chasing kids. It all "counts" in terms of increasing your daily requirements. Then add in your formal workouts and you are definitely solidly in the Moderate category. Unless you are teeny tiny, 2300 - 2400 sounds a lot more reasonable for a young fairly active person. And, yes, if you are breastfeeding add on another 200 - 400 calories a day (depending on how much/often your are nursing) and you are closer to that 2700 figure...

And remember, if you underestimate your activity level, the net result will be that you are continuing to under eat, so recalculate using Moderate, or even better, use that Fit Bit!

If you have read the Metabolism Reset Guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to proceed, but I would suggest making your increases to TDEE very slowly. That will allow your body time to adapt and adjust along the way. It is definitely scary, and trust me when I say that we have all been there!

Feel free to start a journal of your own in the Personal Journals section of these forums. It's a great place to track your progress, and also to chat with others going through the same process. You are not alone in being afraid, and please know that we are here to help guide you along the way.

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05-25-2016, 10:42 PM
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RE: Do I need a reset?
Thank you so much for all your advice! *deep breath* Here I go! :-)
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06-28-2016, 09:13 AM
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Well, I'm about 6 weeks into the reset. I'm way over the bloated feeling in the beginning and I've learned how to more than double my protein intake. But I've gained about 11lbs. I knew some weight gain was inevitable but this seems like a lot for 6 weeks! Is that normal? Or am I possibly eating above my TDEE? I have to admit the weight gain is getting to me.
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06-28-2016, 09:11 PM
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So you started at 2100 and increased to 2400? When you made that increase, did you take it slowly, or just hop up there all at once? Is your weight continuing to climb, or did it just increase quickly and then stabilize?

To answer your question (without the benefit of your answers), if your metabolism had been suppressed and functioning at a lower level, then when you upped your intake by 100 calories, you would have been eating below your *calculated* TDEE, but potentially eating above your *suppressed* TDEE. So yes, until your metabolism sped up, you were very likely eating above your *suppressed* TDEE. Everybody's bodies react differently to the increased intake. Some see little or no gain on the scale as their bodies seem to adapt upwards quite quickly. Others, on the other hand, may see that scale gain if their metabolisms are slower to react and adapt upwards.

What is important is what your weight is doing now. After 6 weeks are you still seeing gains?

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06-28-2016, 10:26 PM
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RE: Do I need a reset?
I went from 1200 to 1500 to 1800 to 2100 and then to 2700 calories. (TDEE 2400 plus 300 for breastfeeding.) I did not increase slowly.
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