I can understand this. The thing my nutritionist drilled into me after a faulty regime I adopted is that the body is akin to a machine. In order for it to be in good working order and carry out regular processes it needs fuel. One of those processes is losing weight. So really, you need to eat in order to lose and for weight loss to be successful.
I had a similar mentality to yours when I first started "dieting" and stayed, always, at 1200 calories or lower. I was afraid to go any higher. It worked for a little while and then I was stuck for months - not a single pound came off. I exercised more, became more strict thinking it was a plateau and I needed to push my way through it with force and discipline, and then got frustrated from having no results with all that effort and restriction. Eventually I went out to a restaurant to celebrate a friend's graduation and while I ate healthily, I ate more than I had in months. Two days later, two pounds were gone on the scale and they did not come back. I sort of learned my lesson after that and stopped being afraid about consuming 1500+ calories. Weight started coming off after half a year at 1200. Sometimes I'll still get stuck, and it isn't because I'm eating too much, but too little again.
While this is highly anecdotal, you need to find good balances and don't be deterred from actually eating and bouncing around your calorie range. Food is a helpful thing and keeps you functioning and healthy. You may still experience plateaus and this is normal (I had one last 8 months), but really the best success I've found is through not worrying about the results. By simply adopting good habits and enjoying the fact I was being healthy I got farther than the worrying and the restriction and the disappointment from the lack of rapid or consistent results.
I promise you won't gain 300lbs. Be well and good luck.
Edited by: MALACHITESAND at: 1/7/2013 (03:08)
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