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  • This is awesome, non-judge mental advice!!! OP, I feel for you. My tdee is much lower than I would like also, and there is only a limited time in my day to exercise to raise it, without taking time from my family, etc. So my realization is also that I will have to always want more food if I want to stay slim. Be aware,…
  • And I enjoy having two larger more satisfying meals and a snack rather than three small meals and a snack, which leaves me feeling constantly hungry. But then my tdee is pretty low, unless I run a good bit. And I am Trying to cut back on running to have more time to lift. What of the research on menopause that indicates…
  • Yes, the one thing I can't replicate in real life is to do "strict IF" and watch the results and then a more flexible approach, and compare. Because I can never get EVERYTHING ELSE to be exactly the same. So maybe what looks like a connection is a coincidence. But I do want to keep an open mind to all possibilities. On…
  • Maybe I should say "science" (in quotes!). Because it seems like the medical/nutrition community takes research and then makes statements that are only partly based on that research! I take it all with a grain of salt (but how large a grain??--because the "science" conclusion on sodium is still up in the air!) Scientists…
  • I am no scientist. And generally speaking, I believe weight loss or gain is determined by calories an and calories out. But I have used IF, or a version of it, off and on for about five months. Here are my observations: First, there are a lot of things I like about a 16:8 eating schedule. Especially, I find it easier to…
  • This sounds like my last five years! Hormones change everything! Here to follow the advice.
  • I am keeping a loose 14:10 protocol most days, and it is wonderful to be able to eat enough in my eating window to be full, rather than trying to stretch my small calorie allowance across 15 hours or so! Without IF I was hungry all the time. Now most mornings I don't get hungry til after 11!
  • Or you can make a fake exercise and call it something like "Surplus calories exercise". I have a food called "deficit calories not eaten" that I can use when I set my calories on maintenance but want to eat at a deficit for a certain day.
  • @tmbg1 me too! I just can't stay under 1300--I can barely do 1400! And today's weigh in (TOM is almost gone--hormones should be settling down)--I was UP 0.8 lbs. seriously????
  • I'm guessing we are all there too some extent! It is like. . . . . NO interest. Enjoyable if hubby initiates, but it is suddenly last on my list.
  • I've visited the Lyle McDonald site, and there is some good stuff there. There is a great article about women and weight loss/bodybuilding. It doesn't speak specifically to peri and meno, but there are certainly some conclusions you could draw. . . .
  • @tmbg1 that sounds like me. I've been staying between 1300 and 1400 for almost three weeks now. When TOM leaves (yes he still comes) I hope to see at least 1/2 lb loss. I don't want to get my hopes up though.
  • Following. . . .
  • So, if your deficit is only around 200 per day, do you think that would be considered recomp, or do you think you have to eat even closer to maintenance? I've always thought of it as being exactly maintenance, but maybe. . . . .??
  • It looks like I will lose about 1/4-1/3 lb a week ( so basically a pound a month) eating at 1300 calories a day. I hope I actually lose that much! I hear that after menopause it actually gets a bit easier. I am hoping. . . . .
  • So good to hear others in the same boat (calorie range).
  • Yes I decided it wasn't worth it to eat as low as I would need to to maintain my lowest weight. (112 lbs). My maintenance was what many people diet on! So I guess you would say I am resigned to being heavier. But I definitely like being stronger. So I try to focus on that. And I am struggling with my own demons as far as…
  • This is the story of my last four years! I could have written both posts. The numbers would be slightly different, but basically the same--came off a loss and was maintaining. Decided to eat a little more because the calculators and MFP said I could. Gained. And then gained some more. And then some more. . . . . I've not…
  • @stroutman81 Let me try to explain. Understand I am going from memory from 5-6 years ago. As to my "regulatory system" changing suddenly--logically speaking it is not likely that it happened that way. But that is how it felt! Basically, when I finished my initial weight loss, I was eating 1200 calories, plus workout…
  • This is what I am struggling with right now. Progress is agonizingly slow, and hard to track, and I have yet to find a way to enjoy lifting. It is something else on my to-do list! I do, however, enjoy different forms of cardio (swimming, walking, running, biking--when I have a working bike). But I can without a doubt…
  • "Why do you fear gaining weight?" Because I have not been able to lose the gained weight for so long (4 years). I first reached, and then exceeded my goal with MFP. Goal was 125 lbs per Dr recommendation, but I sailed right past that and easily lost another 12 pounds or so landing me at 112 lbs without really trying. It…
  • As of right now, I think so. My entire calorie allowance even without a cut is not huge. Especially when I focus more on lifting and don't do as much cardio, or in the winter when I can't get out as much to run. I definitely like having meals that actually satisfy me. Today, because I skipped breakfast, per my IF schedule,…
  • In addition to the many ways exercise reshape so my body (so that I might be happier with my body at a higher weight), as a small person, exercise allows me to eat at a reasonable level and still keep to a deficit. Without exercise, I would have to eat around 1200 cals a day to maintain a small (300 calorie) deficit. If I…
  • 1. What made you accept the invitation or join? Your "lean people getting leaner" post was awesome, and along with a few other MFP "guides", really changed my perspective on fitness. I want to be a part of what comes out of that! I had been very successful losing down to a healthy weight using MFP but suddenly two years…
  • This is me too, including the macro percentages. I'm pretty small, and running a cut right now--hoping to lose another 5-8 to be in my most comfortable spot, so my goals are to keep protein over 100 and carbs under 150. Fat is what is left. I need to have blood work done to check cholesterol, etc, as mine tends to be high…
  • Love this!! It is exactly what experience has taught me. "Mostly good choices, most of the time!" And unless you are maintaining a pretty high weight, you learn quickly that poor nutritional choices will leave you hungry very quickly (if you are sticking to a calorie "budget"), so naturally those poor choices will happen…
  • Hi, I can truly say there is happiness on the other side! We went through all this 18 years ago. We ended up adopting two newborns (not at the same time--3 years apart!). We are doubly blessed. Hang in there.
  • So, if you are doing more cardio so that you raise your TDEE in order to eat more, and you are fueling your cardio properly, it should be okay?? That is my understanding, but I am not sure. . . .
  • Oh to lose a pound a week! I would love that. I started a cut 12 days ago, and I'm now UP just over a pound. So not fair. I'm going to give it some time-4-6 weeks, but if it doesn't work this time I'm giving up.
  • ^^^^^ Good question @robininfl I wonder the same thing. At my 5'almost 3" height, I got down to 112 lbs, which in retrospect was too low. Also, I had no muscle. I wasn't skinny fat so much as just skinny. But the measurements were 38-28-38. Now at 134 lbs I am 40-30-40 I would love to get the waist measurement back down to…