SlimmerKiwi- That is *exactly* how I feel since I've reached my goal weight. I was perfectly fine while losing, minimal cravings, loving all the healthy food I was eating, never exceeding my cal range, etc.
Since I've reached my goal weight I feel like my body has been pulling out all the stops to put back what went missing. How your dietitian described it is exactly what I thought was going on. I'm started having INTENSE cravings, constantly obsessing over food and craving fats and sweets. I have been binge eating in the evening for the last couple months. Doing damage control for 2-3 days after (eating in my weight loss range) and then having another binge on the 3rd or 4th day. Sometimes consecutive days.
So I've put on about 10 lbs since I reached my goal weight a couple months ago but... I actually needed the weight. I was too skinny before and was suffering health effects due to my low body fat percentage. So I put the excess cals to good use and focused on building muscle.
I've only had positives with the 10 lbs gain, I still look thin. My stomach looks less poochy, I grew a butt again (lol) a muscular one, I had lost my errm, girls and now they've returned. My body shape is looking less rectangular and more shapely.
I am still having trouble with eating a lot late at night but the amount of cals I'm consuming is becoming less and less (as it seems my body reaches the weight *it* wants to be). I am finding that I am balancing out at least pretty close to maintenance. I am no longer empting my pantry in shovelling 1000 cals into my mouth in 30 mins. I may still go over maintenance every couple days but I eat much slower. It no longer feels like a hungry little alien takes over my body and I come to in a pile of empty wrappers and crumbs. The cravings are becoming far less intense. I am not obsessing over food any more. I am definitely noticing big changes but it is still an ongoing battle. I was feeling quite hopeless over it at first, I had no control over myself. I am finally seeing some light and improvement in this emotional battle and that as long as I continue to do a bit of damage control and work on it, I will balance out eventually. The binges started out going 1000-2000 cals above my maintenance and now, they are usually only 300-500 cals above maintenance. Between my lower cal days and high cal days my weekly deficit/surplus has been pretty much breaking even at maintenance. So I am no longer gaining. It's been quite awhile now since I ate myself into a bloated, painful mess. I just plain feel a lot more in control than I did a few months ago.
In the meantime, I figure I might as well put any calorie surplus to a positive and healthy use. I am putting a lot of emphasis on my strength training program and using the cal surplus to build muscle. If I'm going to gain weight, I might as well gain *good weight*. I've reset my goal weight from 105 lbs to 115 lbs and I like myself at this weight. I now plan on working to keep it because it seems this is the weight my body wants to be at. So my main goals right now are practicing staying in my cal range for maintenance and working on cutting out my late night sweet/fat party.
OP- You're not alone!
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/28/2013 (08:47)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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