Friday, January 31, 2014

Well, the plateau is not only continuing, but I'm gaining weight. I'm not sure why, but I am. My doctor told me I need to go to calories necessary to maintain my weight for a while as my body gets over a rather nasty bout of bronchitis which seriously irritated my lungs (I've been coughing for a month now). She thinks the calorie deficit may be why my body had difficulty healing from the flu I had, thus becoming bronchitis, and whatever the hell it is now. I'm on a steroid inhaler until I feel better as well as more calories: doctor's orders.

At first it was good news. I've been ravenously hungry for weeks now (probably because my body needed more calories to heal), and it sounded like a good solution. However, I'm gaining weight on maintenance calories - nearly as quickly as I lost weight when I first started restricting. And here's the kicker - I'm still at a calorie deficit according to my BMR - I require 1890 calories/day to maintain a weight of 166 lbs. and I'm eating between 1700-1800/day and continuing my 5 day a week exercise regimen. This weight gain is an absolute mystery to me. I am so frustrated by this I could scream, but there's not much I can do about it until this cough goes away.

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    Good for you for following doctor's orders even when it gets frustrating.

    Saw your blog and just thought I'd mention that a lot of steroids cause fluid retention in the body (sometimes a lot), so the scale going up is possibly due to the inhaler. It can take a week or two after you finish the steroids for the body to release the fluid, so you might want to put the scale away for a while and just focus on getting healthier.

    Strong thoughts to you, and hope you get well soon!
    1545 days ago
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