I've been trying to scrape off close to 10 lbs to regain my maintenance weight. I'm a little under 5 lbs away. I regained quite a bit trying to transition to maintenance the first time around because I discovered I had been under eating for my activity level, which led to some crazy binge eating and food obsession (that I've since managed to get under control by eating more calories).
Ok. So that's the background. I've been really trying to listen and learn from my body lately. This time, when I'm hungry... I eat! Rather than trying to deny myself to stay in a certain calorie range. I've noticed a bit of a trend since I started losing again and I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced it or thinks there may be something to it?
I aim for around 1400-1500 cals when planning my meals for the day. Every 3rd or 4th day I am exceptionally hungry and 1500 cals will simply not do. I'll have an extra big meal and usually wind up eating around 1800-2200 cals that day. What's odd is that since I haven't been so controlling over my calorie intake and have been allowing my body to have some say in how much I eat, every week I've been averaging 1700 cals almost on the dot (with some lower calorie days and 1-2 higher days).
1700 cals is approximately a 1 lb/week loss for me and that's approximately what I've been losing. I'm small but I'm very active which makes it difficult for me to always determine how much I should be eating. I tend to be on my feet the better part of the day, train hard and we do a lot of hiking during the week as a family.
My question is, does my body have these hungry days because 1400-1500 cals may be too low for me and my body is trying to compensate? I'm a bit hesitant to try just eating 1700 cals every day because I have some fear that these hungry days would still exist and I'd wind up consuming too many calories. What do you think? I'd love any insight into this to help me better understand my body.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/25/2013 (07:22)
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