You might gain a few lbs. when you first increase calories, but give it a few weeks, and see what actually happens, before you panic. Who knows, you might still lose a lb or two, and feel a lot better doing so.
I will tell you that I eat about 2000-2,300 calories a day, and I see a lot of people eating 1200 who are struggling, and wonder, what now? They are already at the minimum. It may just be that with an extra 200 calories, they are more active, and burn it off, but the fear people have of an extra 200 calories being the destruction of their diet, is usually unfounded. Not only does it take 500 calories a day for a week to lose a lb., it also takes the same to gain it. So gain or lose, it isn't going to be quick, unless it is some water weight, which is why you should wait 2 weeks, if that would cause discouragement.
So relax, eat the right amount for 2-4 weeks, and see where you are. Hopefully, it is good, and you can feel more energetic, and still lose, but with more food.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4