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Let's eat more? Hmm...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I've been having some trouble with the scale getting stuck on me (or going up). This is not a fun problem to have, especially when I know I'm doing everything right. Or am I? Lately I'm starting to think that maybe I'm not eating enough. I did notice that sometimes I get the scale to budge down in a big way after I've eaten at the top or my calorie range or even overshot my calorie range slightly (by 100-200 calories).

I'm starting to wonder if I need to try eating more. I don't want to completely blow my recommended range, but I feel like shooting for the top of the range may help. Trying this strategy is a little scary to me. I don't suffer from disordered eating, so don't misunderstand me here. Losing weight is about bringing down the calories and pumping up the exercise. I'm doing this. I enjoy it. I don't feel like I'm starving myself. I don't skip meals or overexercise or get too torn up about things. Life is good. Trying to eat more just feels counterintuitive, even though mentally I know it's not.

Has anyone else been successful with the increased calorie strategy?
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    You can actually slow your metabolism by eating too little, especially depending on your activity level. If you are working out regularly, your range should actually be reset to include the extra calories you burned in your workout that day. You will still earn a calorie deficit, because you will still be eating less than your Basal Metabolic Rate, but your BMR actually increases when you workout regularly, so eating the same calorie range as on your sedentary days on those workout days will slow your metabolism because your body will recognize it as a severe calorie deficit! Also, not being hungry can be a sign of a slow metabolism (especially in the mornings), so just because you're not hungry doesn't necessarily mean you're eating enough! So mix it up like you're doing, and you'll "trick" your body into keeping your metabolism high because it won't have time to adjust to a usual calorie input, which can also slow metabolism!

    1673 days ago
    Yes, in the beginning of my journey and I admit I still stay on the lower side. It is hard to make myself go over 1500 calories when I've always tried to stay lower. I was not as active then so maybe that is why they want me to be between 1600 and 2010 calories. Will keep trying. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1674 days ago
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