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Will slowly upping calories cause less weight gain?
12-01-2016, 03:23 AM
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Will slowly upping calories cause less weight gain?
When I was in my 20s I used to try to restrict my calories to 1200 - often unsuccessfully - and tried many diets - most of which I couldn't stick to.

In my 30s I ate more because I was doing distance running and weights but still tried to restrict if I could.

Since I was around 40 I have eaten on average around 2000 (with individual days wildly fluctuating) while doing two 30min weights sessions and a couple of short running sessions a week.

I am 49 now and over the last few years my month averages have ranged from 1900 to 2200. But while my individual days within that month aren't as wildly fluctuating as they used to be and mostly range from 1900-2300 they can range from 1600 to 3000 at times. I still have had a mentality of restriction - but probably to a lesser degree.

I have increased my dumbbell weights a little and added two more weights sessions - now do my whole body twice a week split into 4 30 minute sessions and 2 short HIIT sessions.

I first thought I would aim to have a steady daily intake of 2200 but I was too hungry and had a couple of 2700 and 2800 days so I have increased my steady daily amount goal to 2400.

So far this seems to be a good amount.

My question is that in an attempt to find my TDEE if I increase the calories really slowly will I gain less weight? Maybe keep to 2400 this fortnight. Increase to 2450 next fortnight/three weeks, etc.

Or is that too slow?

Or does it not make any difference to whether I would gain weight or not?

It seems like so many gain a lot of weight and that really freaks me out.
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12-01-2016, 10:18 AM
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RE: Will slowly upping calories cause less weight gain?
After all that we go through, seeing the scale reading go up is not an easy feat. After having a history of not eating enough for our needs and or having binge/restriction cycles, we can have some temporary side effects when we finally start eating the amount we should be eating. Increasing slowly should definitely help avoid or diminish those side effect like boating, water retention, weight increase, feeling stuffed and being emotionally overwhelmed.

This article talks about what to expect when resetting: http://eatmore2weighless.com/upping-cals...to-expect/

Also there's the metabolism reset series (click through the pins for full article):
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12-01-2016, 03:43 PM
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RE: Will slowly upping calories cause less weight gain?
(12-01-2016 10:18 AM)Tereza Toledo Wrote:  After all that we go through, seeing the scale reading go up is not an easy feat. After having a history of not eating enough for our needs and or having binge/restriction cycles, we can have some temporary side effects when we finally start eating the amount we should be eating. Increasing slowly should definitely help avoid or diminish those side effect like boating, water retention, weight increase, feeling stuffed and being emotionally overwhelmed.

This article talks about what to expect when resetting: http://eatmore2weighless.com/upping-cals...to-expect/

Also there's the metabolism reset series (click through the pins for full article):
http://pin.it/r_3wuDt
http://pin.it/US6-U8x
http://pin.it/LK0rwgT

Thank you Tereza. For the articles and for understanding :-)
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