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Gaining on Maintenance Calories

Jaliena4771Jaliena4771 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
Hello,
So according to MFP, my maintenance calories are about 1500, and I'm eating slightly less than that. However, I've still been gaining weight over just the past couple of days. I don't know what this means and what I should actually do to try to maintain. Anyone else having this issue?
Thanks!

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  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 2,075Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,075Member, Premium Member
    1500 sounds very low for maintenance calories. What are your stats?

    Also, body weight naturally fluctuates. You can't tell anything by just a couple of days. Give it at least a month and then see.
  • csplattcsplatt Posts: 413Member Member Posts: 413Member Member
    It's not mathematically possible that you're gaining fat if you're sticking to the numbers. It could be water weight or food sitting in your intestines (which weighs a lot actually).
  • sytchequeensytchequeen Posts: 445Member Member Posts: 445Member Member
    One of two things occurs to me.

    either you aren't eating 1500, your weighing and logging is inaccurate

    or

    the data your maintenance calories is calculated upon is inaccurate in some way


    also, like stated above, a couple of days isn't a good timeframe to base this on.
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 35,844Member Member Posts: 35,844Member Member
    Hello,
    So according to MFP, my maintenance calories are about 1500, and I'm eating slightly less than that. However, I've still been gaining weight over just the past couple of days. I don't know what this means and what I should actually do to try to maintain. Anyone else having this issue?
    Thanks!

    What are your stats?

    How long have you been eating 1500 cals?
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,446Member Member Posts: 5,446Member Member
    it's been a couple days, so it's too early to know if you are actually gaining weight. Stick it out for a few weeks and then see where you are.
  • diannethegeekdiannethegeek Posts: 14,789Member Member Posts: 14,789Member Member
    How much weight have you gained and over what period of time? And when did you increase calories vs when you started seeing the gain? To me, this sounds like an increase in water weight and extra food hanging around in the system due to the increase in calories. That's pretty normal and should even off after a few days. Even in maintenance, weight fluctuates from day to day.
  • ExistingFishExistingFish Posts: 656Member Member Posts: 656Member Member
    A couple of days is not enough time to determine weight gain or loss.

    Give it two weeks, and if you are still steadily gaining, you may need to lower your calories or increase your activity.
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Posts: 11,606Member Member Posts: 11,606Member Member
    A couple of days is not long enough...
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,543Member Member Posts: 1,543Member Member
    I'm guessing here but it sounds like you just went to maintenance calories? When I did I had a bit of a jump. It can have to do with your body holding water from the change or just a bit more food in your system. Over time it will level off. Give it a couple weeks and if you continue to gain you might need to cut back a bit but 1500 is pretty low.
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