In 2018 I attempted to go straight to the cut phase after consuming what I now know was less than my BMR and being sedentary for some time. I did eventually up my calories but I have gained a significant amount of weight so I’ve come to the realization that I wasn’t eating enough calories AND I need to do a metabolism reset.
The calculators determine my TDEE as 2898. I was consuming about 2420. I began upping my calories 100 per week. I got to 2635 and was still hovering around the same weight, and then my weight began to tick up, and I was nearly 10 lbs over my start weight from attempting this reset. I dropped to 2535 calories but my weight hasn’t decreased. However, the scale does drop on weeks where there was little to no exercise.
My question is should I assume 2535 is my true TDEE since I started to notice the weight gain at 2635 OR should I keep upping my calories to get closer to the 2898? I really don’t want to gain anymore weight which I know is a common complaint but I haven’t been this big in nearly two decades. I won’t go into histrionics here but any help is greatly appreciated.