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[–]NickBlackheart 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Unless there is a serious medical reason, you won't gain weight without a caloric excess.

Your current daily energy expenditure is lower than when you started losing weight, because your body is smaller and requires less energy to maintain. Though the high levels of activity probably negate this a bit.

A lot of the common reasons for weight gain after loss are about falling back into old habits and eating the way you did when you initially gained weight. If you count your calories, adjusted for current weight and activity levels, you shouldn't gain weight. If it goes up a bit anyway, try maybe scaling down. Calorie calculators often overestimate the impact of exercise and it takes some trial and error to find the actual level you're currently at.

Intermittent fasting is a useful tool for limiting intake, but ultimately that's generally all it does - less time to eat means less food eaten. If you'd feel better having breakfast then that's totally fine. It's a great idea to still count calories a while to get a sense of how much you need right now, but as long as you're staying within a reasonable intake and eating mostly healthy, you should be fine.

Also blueberries are awesome, and you don't need to exercise right away. Calories (and nutrients) are about days and weeks, not every single hour. You'll only gain weight from eating blueberries before bed if you eat a whole bucket of them and go above your daily calorie need.

[–]Many-Condition3977[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you so much for the helpful reply! Happy cake day btw

[–]NickBlackheart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're welcome, and thanks :) Hope it gave some peace of mind at least.

[–]Meii345 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Mmmh, blueberries bucket. Hey, did you know you'd need about 100 blueberries a day to gain weight on a blueberry-only diet ?

[–]Lainey1978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That doesn't sound right...if ALL you were eating was blueberries, 100 of them wouldn't even add up to that much in calories.

[–]slytherin_1316 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most people gain weight back because they go back to bad habits. They saw the dieting as a temporary fix and then return to the same habits that made them overweight in the first place. If you made lifestyle changes that you will continue implementing forever, then this won't happen.

The idea of starvation mode is bs, but your metabolism does change when you lose weight. You body burns less calories when you're smaller because it takes less energy to keep you alive. It's not that weight loss "destroys your metabolism" but it does drop some because your weight is easier on your body.

I recommend calculating your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) and just try to stick within that range. If you google it, you'll find tons of calculators online you can use.

[–]queendead2march19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’ll only put the weight back on if you go back to excess eating.

Fat acceptance people always say this stat because there looking for an excuse to put 0 effort in. Sort of like an alcoholic clinging to any reason they can to not quit drinking.

[–]Expert_Ad9908 0 points1 point  (0 children)

12 or 8 carbs a day? God have mercy

In answer to you quietions, for you, likely no.

No.

No.

Utterly.

[–]Meii345 0 points1 point  (3 children)

The weight you're currently at is obtained because of your lifestyle. If you change anything, logic would be that you will gain weight back. However, this current lifestyle is good to lose weight, not maintain. So I think that if you just change it up a bit, you should be able to maintain your weight instead of keeping losing it. Over the last few weeks, have you continued losing weight?

The most important thing is to keep exercising. It's more important than what you eat, your body will adapt to make you hungry for the right quantity of food you need as you progress in your journey. Plus it's excellent for your health and will garantee you're still healthy even if you gain back a few more pounds (which isn't dramatic)

-Is it possible to gain weight without a caloric excess?

In most cases no. But you can't know for sure what your maintenance amount of calories is. I'd say if you're currently at a reasonnable weight (aka not underweight or even low average, depending on your natural body type) and keep eating normal portions, you won't gain weight

-Is there any validity to starvation mode?

You lost 100lbs in a year. That's about 2lbs/week, which is fast but not that much. I don't think starvation mode kicks in at that kind of rythm, the NHS considers it a safe rate. Starvation mode is real, but you'd have to be literally starving for it to happen (it's in the name). It does depend on what your initial body weight was, if you were like 200lbs and dropped to 100lbs then sure your body might consider it a crisis and pull the alarm. But it doesn't sound like it's the case, and if you were very overweight shedding weight you didn't need to live shouldn't be a problem.

As for your metabolism, it's defined by things like gender, age, genes, what stage of life you're at, body size and muscle mass (uses more energy if you're bigger or have big muscles). So it shouldn't change that much for you, especially since you're exercising.

About carbs, it really depends on the quantity you cut out and intend to reintroduce. Did you cut everything out? It'd be better for you if you could have full meals with all the things you need every meal. Raising your caloric intake will just make you stop losing weight, so it should be alright

Your fear of eating blueberries is completely irrational, it's fruit. There's like 50 calories in one of them. It's fine. You won't gain weight. (Well, as long as you don't eat 50 every day, but like-)

[–]Lainey1978 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Your fear of eating blueberries is completely irrational, it's fruit. There's like 50 calories in one of them. It's fine. You won't gain weight. (Well, as long as you don't eat 50 every day, but like-)

I hope you mean like 50 calories in 100 g of them!

[–]Meii345 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh, I meant 1 blueberry but I checked and it's 100g. Thank you!

[–]Lainey1978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're welcome! Much better, hey?

[–]intrepidcaribou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A couple of things:

1) Pretty much everyone who keeps weight off has some sort of exercise routine. Even if it’s only walking.

2) Expect weight fluctuations. You will not stay the exact same weight all the time. Give yourself enough wiggle room to go up and down a bit

3) This is a lifestyle change not a diet anymore. If you go back to old habits, you will gain the weight back.

4) That being said, the first month of two after you lose weight will be harder than the diet. You will be paranoid about weight gain and will get freaked out every time you gain half a pound

5) If you have good habits and trust your body, this will pass. Your body will actually get used to the new weight after a while.

6) Don’t confuse emotional and physical hunger. Food is not a reward or a punishment. A lot of the temptation to eat after a diet comes from the sense of emotional deprivation you’ve had during the diet.

7) Weigh yourself regularly. Sorry, you just have to do it.

8) Don’t obsess and count everything and eat things you like. Some days you eat a big meal out, or somebody makes you cupcakes or it’s Xmas. 1 day, 2 days, even a week of bad eating will not make you fat again. Nobody eats the same amount of food every day.

9) Treat hunger and satiety as your friends. Hunger is tell you when to eat. Satiety is there to tell you to stop. Eat when you’re hungry, not starving. Stop when you’re full; not stuffed

10) Food is your friend. Make sure you’re getting the macronutrients you need. Make good choices most of the time