Why am I gaining weight while restricting my calories?

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slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:27
Hi everyone. I started doing a calorie restricted diet on February 26 and have been on it every single day. I am a 5'7", 22 year old female and after a vacation to Europe I unfortunately gained weight and weighed around 157 to 158 pounds. My goal is to lose weight and be 135 pounds since I feel this weight suits me the best. I have been eating 1300 calories a day and my weight has dropped to 152 pounds in 6 days. However, I realized that in the past 2 days my weight has been fluctuating from 152 to 154. This is very disappointing and it makes me just want to give up and not even bother. Does anyone know why my weight is fluctuating so much? Also as a side note, I don't exercise at all other than walking through my school campus for about 20 minutes a day in total. Any help and tips on how I could lose this weight faster would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Smile
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:29
What you are eating is much more important than your calorie intake. What does a sample day look like for you?
slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:32
I try to change it around everyday. I do not eat white bread anymore, so if I do eat bread it always whole wheat (I buy Dempster's Body Wise toast which only has 50 calories a slice). For breakfast, I would eat either 2 slices of toast with peanut butter (teaspoon of peanut butter on each) or hummus. Sometimes I would make 2 hardboiled eggs and cut them up, put a bit of celery and onions in and put all of that in a whole wheat tortilla. I also drink pure black coffee without any milk or sugar. Since I'm a student and eat dinner on campus a lot, I buy brown rice with vegetables and a bit of chicken. I only put a tiny bit of teriyaki sauce. I also sometimes eat tuna in the tortilla or the toast. I never drink any juices or anything other than water or black coffee.

I also eat fruit if I'm craving something sweet. Sometimes I would either eat one large navel orange, or 1 banana or a bit of strawberries.
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:36
day to day weigh ins can be very misleading, just look at my weight chart. don't be discouraged by a 1 or 2 lb fluctuation just stick with what you're doing and you will see weight loss over time.
slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:40
To be honest, I am completely new to losing weight so I'm not even 100% sure what are some foods I should avoid and what is good to eat. Would you mind writing out like two day's worth of what I could eat during the whole day? I would really appreciate your help. What have you been doing to lose weight? Congratulations on your weight loss so far! Smile
scorpiascorp...

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:45
I am also on the calorie counting method and it is working! Always try to remember it wont happen overnight. I myself am guilty of expecting immediate results.

I find the calorie counter on here very helpful. I still have my treats provided that I am within my calorie allowance for the day. Feel free to go through my food diary and see what I've been eatting. I mess up from time to time but I get right back on it again! Smile
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:49
I'm actually doing a form of the paleo diet, no grains, fruit, or liquid calories. lots of veggies, protein, beans, and nuts. I drink 500ml of ice water right when I wake up and eat my first meal within 30 minutes. I do six days on this diet with a break day once a day where I eat as much as I physically can of whatever I want. The break day serves a biological purpose (keeps my bmr from dropping, and hormones from adjusting to compensate) and a psychological purpose (No temptation to cheat because you have a scheduled cheat day. I usually have eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually a animal protein, vegetable, and beans.
slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:56
Thank you scorpiascorpio. Your food diary will help me with the choices I'll make. Smile I'm glad the calorie-restriction diet is working for you. I guess I will just have to be patient, and hopefully it will work for me too.

sbutler1, so that means I could pretty much continue with what I am currently doing but not eat any grains or fruit? Are you able to eat dairy products? Also is there a certain amount of calories you recommend eating a day (involving animal protein, vegetables and beans)? What would you eat the eggs with in the morning?

Sorry if I'm asking too many questions Smile
yolymendez

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:59
If you are eating too little your body will go on starvation mode after a few days. Also make sure you are drinking at least 32 oz of water a day (I carry a bottle everywhere) and switch the banana for an apple for a couple of days.
Most important question is: Are you going #2? If you are having trouble with this department start taking fiber and watch your Calcium and Iron intake.
I'm also new to this low calorie game but I visit my doctor each month and this is what she told me. Good luck! Smile
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:02
there's no recommended calorie intake, because it's a dietary restriction diet, not caloric restriction. You can eat dairy, I don't because humans are the only animal on earth that consume milk past infancy, let alone another animals milk. I usually make scrambled eggs with curry, but you could eat it with salsa, beans, animal protein, there are a lot of options.
slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:23
yolymendez - thanks for the tip. I actually don't drink that much water a day. I know it's really bad, but I somehow can't force myself to drink lots of water. I usually drink a bottle (500 ml) a day and that's it. As for being regular, I have always had an issue with that. Sometimes I could go everyday, sometimes its every second day or third day. It's really random. Maybe this is the reason why I sometimes feel bloated?

sbutler - thank you for the tips. I really appreciate your help. Do you work out in addition to your diet?
dare4liberty

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:23
Hope pointing you to a few books that helped me to sort through my losses and re-gains will be of help. I crafted my own diet around soy-protein drinks (low-fat, low or no sugar, and 0 carbs Vitamin World had a wonderful protein powder thankfully during this time, but it's off the market now). I was one of those able to use The Turbo-Protein Diet plan (a strict liquid diet) for 10 days and after that I tailored Atkins to my own plan which again included soy protein drinks, soy protein bars, and eggs, salmon, fruit, and vegetables. By far the best info I have found is contained in Dieter Markert's Turbo Protein Diet even if one doesn't use the recommended product. I really believe just by reading through that book and understanding the concepts presented, you will come to the same realizations I did. Among those, and I detect you already know this: walk more than 20 minutes a day or increase your level of activity in some other way. Make that a lifelong habit. I've also read many other books of note good carbs vs bad carbs by Maggie Greenwood-Robinson and Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. I've read others as well but these I keep handy with Atkins. Good luck
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:28
The only reason I'm losing weight is so I can go 158 for a wrestling tournament on the 20th. So I wrestle for an hour everyday, but I limit resistance training to once a week.
slatka

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:36
Oh ok. Thanks Smile
maymouse_101

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 22:34
Slatka, I would definitely recommend becoming buddies with K8yk (celebrity around here). She is one of the major success stories and I'm sure she'd be glad to give you some advice!
slatka

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 14:34
Thanks maymouse! Smile
Tubbs McGee

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Posted: 22 Mar 2011, 19:35
Calculate your BMR and figure out how many calories you burn in a day on average. From there, set your RDI to 500 calories below what you'd normally burn (I'm also female, 22 years old and 5'7" teehee!)

As a student, I know you're probably on a tight budget, but opting for whole foods/organic fruits and veggies reeeeeaaally helps.


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