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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/25/12 3:09 P

Yeah it's a process.

I mean, it might just work out for you right away. Every person is different.

But if you have under-eaten enough to be in "starvation mode" your body is in a mode where it will store all excess calories as fat very easily. So when you eat a bit more - that's exactly what it does and you gain weight.

So you've got to give your body time to get out of that mode.

Turning starvation mode on or off isn't an immediate thing, it takes weeks of patterns either way to make a real change.

KIRA97 SparkPoints: (91)
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7/25/12 1:35 P

You need to fuel your body for all the exercise you're doing. Don't be afraid to raise calories, but do it in small increments. Maybe up it to 1500 for a few days, see how you feel, and try to get it to at least a 1700 calorie intake. You will probably put on a few pounds (4 or 5 max) but this will just be water weight. Once you start giving your body more proteins, healthy fats, and carbs, your body will use this to create more muscles. By eating more healthy foods and exercising, you'll get lean and fit. So don't worry about putting on a few pounds initially, because they will come back off quickly once your body adjusts.

BB_TIU Posts: 3
7/25/12 10:56 A

Wow, I didn't think it would be that long of a process!! I thought my body would start using up those calories!

Thanks for the input!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/25/12 1:50 A

Big sudden increases in eating will lead to extra fat laid down. Yes, you'll probably put on weight ... initially.

You should slowly increase to the new range - say 100cal/day/week. So if you've been eating 1200 avg, eat 1300 avg for a week, then 1400 avg, then 1500 avg and so on.

I would recommend not weighing yourself for at least 8-10 weeks. It's going to take you long enough just to get to the healthy range by only going up 100 calories a week, and then you'll want to be in that new range for 6-8 weeks before you can decide if it "works" or not.

Especially as under eating does lead to weight gain initially when you start eating healthy again. I would not want to see you see a rise in weight and "freak out" and go back down to a very low intake again! :)

Slowly ease up into the healthy range, stick with the new range for several weeks, and don't weigh for 3 months. See where you're at then.

BECCA7931 SparkPoints: (8,608)
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7/25/12 1:32 A

If you do not consume enough calories for the calories you expend, your body goes into starvation mode and actually stores your fat because it thinks it is in crisis mode. As long as you consume healthy food for those calories you might find you actually begin to lose more! Good luck!

BB_TIU Posts: 3
7/25/12 1:16 A

Hey all!!

So I have been sticking to a 1200 calorie (on avg) daily diet. I just joined this site and its telling me that I should be eating around 1600-1800 a day to loose 1 lb a week because I work out a lot- 5-6 times a week mixing cardio and strength. Should I just start eating in this new range? Im really worried about gaining weight if I begin eating that much more!

Thanks!

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