I upped my calories form 1200 to 1350 and will up them again next week to 1400.
It felt GREAT when I did it!
Problem is, I can't seem to get there every day. I'm just not that hungry. I felt like I ate really good today and then realized I was only at 975.
I did order some protein shakes that I plan to drink after my workouts HOWEVER, they are only about 150 calories. Any advice? (BTW- I do not eat red meat)
Thank you for posting this. I have had a long struggle with the idea that eating more will help me lose the last 10lbs. I've had a long history of diet and exercise troubles and I really want to get to a point where I don't have to worry about what the scale says every morning.
Let me start by saying I RARELY struggle with motivation to work out. I only log cardio but I also do some light weight lifting and yoga a few days a week. I love working out and look forward to my "me" time each day.
In high school I went through a period when I wasn't eating nearly enough calories and I worry I've wreaked havoc on my metabolism from it. I went about a year and a half only consuming about 800 calories a day and running 3-4 miles on top of it. Needless to say, I lost a lot of weight (too much in fact) and finally wised up and realized how badly I was hurting myself. I was tired, dizzy, light-headed and very irritable all the time. I was at an all time low of 103 at 5'3"
In college, I developed a slightly better relationship with food and gained a needed 10 -15lbs. I worked out about 6 hours a week but I also ate more and worried about it less. That was, until I went on a cross-country bike trip one summer and gained about 15lbs of muscle while eating literally anything and everything I wanted. We were burning so many calories I didn't bother keeping track.
I have had this extra 15lbs since and I feel I've tried everything to get it off. I have this mindset that eating the 1700ish calories a day my TDEE deficit results in will just cause me to keep gaining. Now, I've read everything on the topic and it makes complete sense that increase my calories to where they should be will help repair my metabolism and I want so badly to truly believe it. However, I'm still skeptical. I have all the excuses: I'm different, my history, etc etc.
Can someone please just drill this in to my head that I need to eat more to weigh less! I am currently hovering around 133 (which is perfectly fine) but my goal weight is 125-126. I'm so scared to up my daily 1100 calories to 1200 then 1300 etc but I know it's kind of my last option. All the dieting and exercise since my trip haven't done much at all. Just need a little kick in the butt and some reassurance that it will be okay.
This group is great and I'm so grateful to have found it.
i have vowed to read this every day for the next 4 weeks.
Mostly because this morning I weighed in 6 ..yes 6 !!! pounds heavier than friday. Friday i started eating 1600-1800 a day (instead of 1400-1500) AND have been to 2 weight lifting classes and one cardio AND started walking at lunch.
The 6lb gain makes me 2lbs heavier than when i first logged on to MFP in January.
I almost cried..but said no..you read there would be a gain..keep at it.
For some reason my pants and bra are too tight today as well (and nope, i don't think i had more sodium than usual - if anything i am drinking a lot more water!).
But..my body needs to adjust. I need patience. So..I will keep doing what I have been doing for the next 3 weeks. After all what I did for the last 20 years didn't help me get healthy either so what's 3-4 weeks?
Thanks again for my new daily read!
Very well written and I understand all the concepts but I don't think Im doing something right. I think my confusion still lies in my BMR and how many calories i should be eating and what type of food combinations. I have set my diary like Lucia and have been making myself eat more often and incorporating breaks but not sure if I'm still doing it correctly. I understand every person is different and Im only in week 3 so I will keep plugging along and hope that my body gets me....right now, Im pretty sure it is confused LOL. thanks for this post, it was very informative!
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