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1,243 4/14/13 10:05 A
I never understood having to eat more and still lose weight until it happened. I was overly working out and way undereating. Yes, I lost weight, but I was nowhere near healthy. When I realized how much I needed to be eating and started actually becoming healthy, I found that I was still losing weight and looked and felt better by it!
Fitness Minutes: (34,007)
4/14/13 9:16 A
The range is a good guide, but never eat below your range
4/13/13 11:33 P
"Won't I gain more weight when I up my calories?"
Nope. It's strange, but you won't. I upped my calories recently. I really do have to force myself to eat enough sometimes. But I'm still losing weight. In fact, if I don't get enough "cheat days' in my week, I tend to hit a plateau. (I just hit one as a matter of fact and need to eat even MORE to break that plateau.)
If you have been eating too little for a while, your body has probably already gone into a sort of "starvation mode"... The good news is that your body can recover from this. From personal experience, back in my college days, I would maintain on as little as 1200 calories... Over the years, I learned to treat my body better, and I gradually increased my food intake. Now I find that I lose weight if I eat ~1700-1800 calories.
Fitness Minutes: (86,286)
4/13/13 9:07 P
Whenever I plateaued, increasing my calories actually helped me lose more weight. Eating too little tends to make my weightloss painfully slow or non-existent. I eat 1500 cals a day and I'm small, 5'2 110 lbs and lose weight eating that amount. Don't be afraid to eat.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/13/2013 (21:09)
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27,154 4/13/13 7:21 P
You may just be pleasantly surprised! When you increase your calories you will likely START to lose weight :-) I know it seems strange but under-eating tends to stuff up your metabolism.
I'm having trouble eating the number of calories recommended each day. I know when we don't eat enough our bodies go into "starvation mode", but I'm still having a difficult time with this. Won't I gain more weight when I up my calories?? Can't see losing weight doing this...