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sick:( and cant eat
07-26-2016, 11:21 AM
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sick:( and cant eat
Hi, So I almost reached my TDEE of 2,280 I was at 2,000. I have been doing this since April and gained around 8 lb so far. I got strep this week my trhoat was so bad I have not been able to eat or drink much for about 5 days now. I am doing my best but I caluclated and I was eating around 800-1,000 calories these last 5 days. I dropped 4 lb on scale and I am worried that once I feel better, hopefully tomorrow, got new meds today, and go back to eating normally I will regain too much. I have been completely sedentary, sleeping tons.
My question is should I slowly go back to eating what I was eating before (2,100) or just right away? I know I will gain back those 4 lb but I don't want to gain more and I hope this did not mess up all these months of trying to fix my metabolism.
Please advise!
Thank you
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07-26-2016, 09:57 PM
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Oh gosh, hope you get to feeling better soon.....

Well, you seem to already understand that the weight loss is simply water weight. You will not lose 4 pounds of fat in 5 days. Once you start eating again yes those 4 pounds will most likely come back as your glycogen stores are refilled, and with that comes the associated water. It is just chemistry.

Remember, because you have been completely sedentary your TDEE has also dropped considerably during this time frame, so your deficit probably really isn't as steep as you are imagining. What is your BMR? You are most likely not burning a whole lot more than your BMR if you are really sleeping all day.

Don't stress about undoing your hard work. Just relax and feel better. As your activity level gradually returns to normal, so will your hunger and therefore your intake. Just take it slow and be kind to yourself. You haven't done any damage ... you are just sick. As you feel better and get more active, your hunger will increase, your TDEE will increase, and you will be right back where you started!

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07-26-2016, 10:07 PM (This post was last modified: 07-26-2016 10:08 PM by estkay.)
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(07-26-2016 09:57 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Oh gosh, hope you get to feeling better soon.....

Well, you seem to already understand that the weight loss is simply water weight. You will not lose 4 pounds of fat in 5 days. Once you start eating again yes those 4 pounds will most likely come back as your glycogen stores are refilled, and with that comes the associated water. It is just chemistry.

Remember, because you have been completely sedentary your TDEE has also dropped considerably during this time frame, so your deficit probably really isn't as steep as you are imagining. What is your BMR? You are most likely not burning a whole lot more than your BMR if you are really sleeping all day.

Don't stress about undoing your hard work. Just relax and feel better. As your activity level gradually returns to normal, so will your hunger and therefore your intake. Just take it slow and be kind to yourself. You haven't done any damage ... you are just sick. As you feel better and get more active, your hunger will increase, your TDEE will increase, and you will be right back where you started!

That makes me feel better already! I think my BMR is around 1500. If I am not sleeping I am sitting or lying on couch. so really sedentary. I will take it slow and try to listen to my body.
On another note I have noticed that my macros and calories never match up. For instance I am trying to hit 2200 cal a day now that is 220 gr-C 165- P 73- F
I find that I always hit my macro targets but the calories are around 1900-2000 max never really hitting 2200. I also should mention I do not eat empty calorie food. Only whole and clean foods. I just feel better that way. Is that ok? Should I be more concerned with macros or calories? Also I feel like I am eating plenty of fat and protein and was thinking of just increasing my carb macros till I get to my TDEE. What do you think?
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions! It is so kind of you and greatly appreciated!!!
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07-26-2016, 10:20 PM
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Yes, eating whole, clean foods is fine, as long as that is what you *want* to do... Just remember that there is nothing wrong with allowing yourself to have occasional treats every so often. It won't derail your progress, and if it's something you truly desire it will help your mental outlook as well.

As far as the macros and calories, I would just personally "worry" about the total calories and protein. Let the other two fall where they may. It truly is not worth stressing over, as long as you are hitting the total calories and protein goals.

Often the reason that things don't "add up" is that MFP (if that's what you use to track calories) has a database which has been, for the most part, created by MFP users. All of that data is entered by the very people who use the site/app and that data is *full* of errors... Sometimes the measurements are off and someone will enter the data for a teaspoon, when in reality it is for a tablespoon (because they don't know the difference between t and T...)

Or sometimes, they will enter the calories and protein but then none of the other data. So if you have picked a muffin from the database and the carb count is "0", there is a problem! Also, lots and lots of typos. And all of the homemade recipes in there are just a joke. How would anybody but the original poster know what went into making that recipe, and how could anyone else ever accurately use that data?

So, bottom line, just concentrate on your calorie goal and protein. As long as those are hitting the target, the other two will just naturally sort of fall into place (or close enough to not stress over...)

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07-26-2016, 11:01 PM
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(07-26-2016 10:20 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Yes, eating whole, clean foods is fine, as long as that is what you *want* to do... Just remember that there is nothing wrong with allowing yourself to have occasional treats every so often. It won't derail your progress, and if it's something you truly desire it will help your mental outlook as well.

As far as the macros and calories, I would just personally "worry" about the total calories and protein. Let the other two fall where they may. It truly is not worth stressing over, as long as you are hitting the total calories and protein goals.

Often the reason that things don't "add up" is that MFP (if that's what you use to track calories) has a database which has been, for the most part, created by MFP users. All of that data is entered by the very people who use the site/app and that data is *full* of errors... Sometimes the measurements are off and someone will enter the data for a teaspoon, when in reality it is for a tablespoon (because they don't know the difference between t and T...)

Or sometimes, they will enter the calories and protein but then none of the other data. So if you have picked a muffin from the database and the carb count is "0", there is a problem! Also, lots and lots of typos. And all of the homemade recipes in there are just a joke. How would anybody but the original poster know what went into making that recipe, and how could anyone else ever accurately use that data?

So, bottom line, just concentrate on your calorie goal and protein. As long as those are hitting the target, the other two will just naturally sort of fall into place (or close enough to not stress over...)

ok that makes sense. I generally try to add my own calories by scanning foods. I will focus on the calories and protein. I don't usually have a hard time hitting the protein macro so I will focus on those calories. Thanks for thr quick response! Really appreciate your help as always!
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