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September 6, 2012 11:08 AM
Why is it that if I eat more than 800 calories a day I either maintain or gain weight. I basically do the same amount of activities every day, and I drink fluids, but if I eat anywhere near 1200 calories a day I gain weight, if I eat between 800 and 1000 I maintain. Any ideas?
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September 6, 2012 11:09 AM
I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.
  27739202
September 6, 2012 11:10 AM
Assuming you do not have any medical conditions that would interfere, my first guess is that you are not counting calories correctly (estimation errors) and/or you are not allowing enough time (ex: weigh yourself in a few days, see 1 lb of water weight and panic assuming you gained fat).

Those are my blunt guesses.
September 6, 2012 11:10 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.
  19364256
September 6, 2012 11:11 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.


But are you measuring all the liquids and weighing all the solids?
September 6, 2012 11:12 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.


Open your diary and let us have a look.
  20022190
September 6, 2012 11:12 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.


But are you measuring all the liquids and weighing all the solids?


i agree. you are probably not measuring things accurately.
  22872058
September 6, 2012 11:12 AM
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Assuming you do not have any medical conditions that would interfere, my first guess is that you are not counting calories correctly (estimation errors) and/or you are not allowing enough time (ex: weigh yourself in a few days, see 1 lb of water weight and panic assuming you gained fat).

Those are my blunt guesses.


^ What Mr.Steel said.

OP you are seeing water and glycogen stores causing you to "gain weight". It isn't fat though.
September 6, 2012 11:14 AM
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Assuming you do not have any medical conditions that would interfere, my first guess is that you are not counting calories correctly (estimation errors) and/or you are not allowing enough time (ex: weigh yourself in a few days, see 1 lb of water weight and panic assuming you gained fat).

Those are my blunt guesses.


I don't estimate, I research if it is not listed on the package. I log everything. I expect water weight, but I don't expect to gain a pound when I have ate under my goal every day. I don't cheat, no purpose in that.
  19364256
September 6, 2012 11:15 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.


But are you measuring all the liquids and weighing all the solids?


I measure and weigh everything.
  19364256
September 6, 2012 11:15 AM
Are you short?
I have a similar thing, If I ate the recommended daily allowance for a woman I'd be the size of an elephant! I'm only 5ft and have come to the conclusion that since I am the size of a child that I can only ever eat child portions and have to eat a lot less than 'normal' height people.
September 6, 2012 11:16 AM
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Why is it that if I eat more than 800 calories a day I either maintain or gain weight. I basically do the same amount of activities every day, and I drink fluids, but if I eat anywhere near 1200 calories a day I gain weight, if I eat between 800 and 1000 I maintain. Any ideas?


Better cut back some more
September 6, 2012 11:19 AM
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I'd guess that you are not logging correctly.


I am logging everything, even condiments and spices.


But are you measuring all the liquids and weighing all the solids?


I measure and weigh everything.


Then most likely you have a thyroid issue, or retain water with the higher caloric intake due to higher glycogen stores.

I would suggest trying to eat 1400 cals or so for 5-6 weeks, you may gain the first week or 2. If after the 5-6 weeks you are not getting results make adjustments from there.
September 6, 2012 11:19 AM
Eat 1400 calories for a full month and do not step on the scale. keep up your normal routine. i think you will be pleasantly surprised. Eating too little isn't fun OR good for you. Don't pay attention to fluctuations over a week- or even a MONTH if you know you are staying on track.
  2599485
September 6, 2012 11:20 AM
I read your profile and you state you have been skinny your entire life, even while having children. Am I correct to assume that perhaps throughout your adult life you have been likely eating below what you typically would to maintain weight? If so, then over the years your Resting Metabolic Rate has decline causing you to be full on very little. Another reason you may experience this problem is due to the medical issue of your glands.
  17993426
September 6, 2012 11:20 AM
my question would be...how much sodium do you consume? more sodium=more water retention. also never weigh yourself after you eat. first thing after relieving yourself in the morning on the same day of every week (let's say Monday) would give you the most accurate scale readings.
September 6, 2012 11:21 AM
eat more loose the scale work out
September 6, 2012 11:22 AM
You might need to eat more. You will see a gain in the beginning, after a couple weeks you will be losing again, but your body might just need more to actually burn more. My sister was having a hard time losing so she increased her calories, did minimal workout and she started losing a steady 2lbs a week!

Good Luck!
  3867475
September 6, 2012 11:22 AM
Don't really know enough about you, but this may be worth a read. It may fit you, it may not. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/core_march_8.htm

Here's a little bit from the article: Not only has her metabolism matched her intake, her body has maximized production of enzymes that are designed to help store any additional calories as fat. Anytime additional, immediately-unnecessary calories are consumed the enzymes are there and waiting to store the additional calories as fat. Her body is starved nutritionally and it has one thing on its mind - survival.
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September 6, 2012 11:23 AM
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Are you short?
I have a similar thing, If I ate the recommended daily allowance for a woman I'd be the size of an elephant! I'm only 5ft and have come to the conclusion that since I am the size of a child that I can only ever eat child portions and have to eat a lot less than 'normal' height people.

Height has nothing to do with how much you can eat. I'm 5'2" and eat around 2,000 calories and lose weight.

To OP: How long did you stay at 1200 cals? You will gain at first because your body is thinking "OMG, I better store all this for when she drops down to 800 again". My advice would be to try eating at 1200 for a few weeks/a month. Once your body learns you aren't depriving it, it will settle down and drop some weight.
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September 6, 2012 11:23 AM
Girl - Im in the same boat as you -- truthfully. If I eat more the 1000, I either gain or maintain. I tried the 1400-1800 (did that for like 4 months - just maintained)
The only time the scale goes down is when I eat less then 800 calories. I still have a balanced diet (ish) of protein, fruit & veggie -- but its not a diet I want to maintain forever.
September 6, 2012 11:24 AM
When you say that if you eat over 800 calories, you gain weight...are you talking day to day? Or have you done this over the long haul? I am having a hard time grasping what you are saying here.

Also, do you exercise? If you are short, you really need to exercise to lose weight unless you are extremely over weight.
Edited by lporter229 On September 6, 2012 11:25 AM
September 6, 2012 11:24 AM
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Are you short?
I have a similar thing, If I ate the recommended daily allowance for a woman I'd be the size of an elephant! I'm only 5ft and have come to the conclusion that since I am the size of a child that I can only ever eat child portions and have to eat a lot less than 'normal' height people.

Height has nothing to do with how much you can eat. I'm 5'2" and eat around 2,000 calories and lose weight.

To OP: How long did you stay at 1200 cals? You will gain at first because your body is thinking "OMG, I better store all this for when she drops down to 800 again". My advice would be to try eating at 1200 for a few weeks/a month. Once your body learns you aren't depriving it, it will settle down and drop some weight.


Height has nothing to do with it? Interdasting
September 6, 2012 11:25 AM
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Are you short?
I have a similar thing, If I ate the recommended daily allowance for a woman I'd be the size of an elephant! I'm only 5ft and have come to the conclusion that since I am the size of a child that I can only ever eat child portions and have to eat a lot less than 'normal' height people.


5 feet isn't that short, you're not a little person (is that the PC term to use these days?). I'm only 5'3", so not much taller, and I eat grown up portions of food. At least 1500 calories a day, more depending on the amount of exercise I've done.

It takes more than 800 calories a day for your body just to function. Your BMR is more than that. Give it more time, measure yourself, and after a month I can almost promise (I say almost because I'm not a doctor or registered dietician) that you'll be better off.
  14254396
September 6, 2012 11:25 AM
Visit with a doctor or nutritionist. First make sure there are no medical reasons causing this issue.
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