Frustrated with calories....

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Can't seem to get this right...

I'm eating healthy foods that don't have a lot of calories. Roasted veggies, lean meats, occasionally eggs for protein... yogurt, fruit... even raw veggies, although I don't prefer them. I keep cereal for my carbs/grains and stay away from breads/pasta.

I work 3 nights / week, which totally messes with my metabolism. It also messes with how/when I eat.

I just went 6 days of having between 900 and 1100 calories... and that was a LOT of food for those days... but because I worked/slept 3 of them, my metabolism kicked WAY down... and I lost nothing. Not an ounce.

I understand that your body can kick into "starvation mode" if you don't eat often enough, get enough calories...

But seriously? My metabolism can't possibly be THAT slow that a week of slightly lower calorie consumption results in nothing. Nada. Not an ounce, even went up about 1/2 a pound.

Drank water like a fiend. Fruits, veggies, healthy proteins... appropriate carb levels.... not too much fat.

The biggest thing? Three nights of work, lower calories than the week before.

I don't care if my body "presumes" it's starving at 1000 calories, I'm still burning them just by existing, and certainly by being on my feet 12hrs at a time at work. I can't possibly have a low enough metabolism that I'm consuming more than I burn.


Sometimes it just makes NO sense.

Yet I press on... :/
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    Try either adding one cheat day to shock your system, when you eat whatever you want within reason, or add some fat back in your diet. I have a weird body chemistry, and if I go low fat, I gain weight. I have met a few other people that this happens to as well. I love the idea of eating clean and low fat, but it never works for me. Try adding some healthy fats--olive oil, cheese, full fat yogurt, a little each day for a week, and check your results. Hang in there. You may just be on a small plateau.
    1864 days ago
    If you're working with weights, your muscles need water to repair the damage exercise does and to rebuild. Also carbohydrates can use a lot of water in the digestion process. I always hold onto water after eating pasta.
    1864 days ago
    Thank You NELLJONES for confirming what I've been telling people for years!!! For normal people, let alone fat ones, there is no 'starvation mode'! It's unrealistic to expect to see an immediate return on the scales, the body doesn't function in such a black/white way. You may be retaining water, or a dozen other things, the scales are not a good measure anyways. Eat the things you prefer too, or the whole thing will be unsustainable. Sorry if this sounds negative, it's not meant to, just stick with what you're doing, let your system get used to the new regime, and stay off the scales. Use a tight pair of trousers perhaps instead perhaps.
    1864 days ago
    My son is a Registered Dietician and he explained "starvation mode" to me. It only happens when people eat VERY low calories per day for a very long time. Like 400-500 calories per day, and for months, not days or weeks. Some people have lower metabolisms than others, and they all become lower as we age. For what it's worth, some people intentionally live severe calorie restriction diets because it has been demonstrated in mice to extend life.
    1864 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    I know what you mean. That is the way mine is moving. But I know I am accomplishing things from my doctors visit, my sugars are better etc. And a couple of ladies I clean for ,have said you are firming up. That made me feel good. The one thing to remember is , you may be building muscle and it weighs more then fat. Keep going I know it will pay off. Have a great day and don't try to make sense of it.
    1864 days ago
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