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Old 08-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Help with numbers!

I was hoping someone could help me.
I am on week 3 of Atkins and my scale is moving up, rather than down.
I have a BMR of 1730 calories and most days I'm at
1000 cal. I just can't eat that much calories. It seemed
in the beginning I could eat a lot. Now I feel like
I'm shoving it down my throat. This week I have steadily
gained weight in stead of losing. Am I supposed to be eating 1700 calories
A day to loose? Is my body thinking its starving?

Help

Thanks

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Hmm...How curious. I can see not eating enough and perhaps stalling, but gaining? Is your fluid intake adequate? Could it be PMS? What about Sodium/salt?

I hope you figure it out!!
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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I did have Chinese food and used hot sauce and spy sauce yesterday!
I probably would benefit from upping my water as well. I've
been bad with drinking water last few days
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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Hmm. IMO ...

1. Your calorie level is too low for longtime OWL
But...
2. It's too early for starvation mode
And...
3. Many people see a stall or slight bounce back in weeks 3-4. It's so popular it's got a name: Post Induction stall syndrome.

4. Bmrs are pretty inaccurate since you are more complex than a math equation. Something like a bodybugg would be "more " accurate, but still not perfect.

5. Many members don't count calories, at least at first .

I am very sedentary and eat about 300 under my BMR and don't look like a starvation victim, even with the "Atkins edge". I figure it equals out with my metabolic muck up and muscle atrophying . Lol

Do you know your ratios?
Are you hungry?
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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^^ uh, yeah...
Prepared Chinese can cause 2-3lbs in water retention .
Don't sweat it.
You had a great loss in induction so likely your macros are good.
Just need to wait it out, drink the water, and watch for carb creep.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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Thanks yes I'm pretty sure it's water weight. I feel bloated and had a lot
of gas and belly pain yesterday.




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I was hoping someone could help me.
I am on week 3 of Atkins and my scale is moving up, rather than down.
I have a BMR of 1730 calories and most days I'm at
1000 cal. I just can't eat that much calories. It seemed
in the beginning I could eat a lot. Now I feel like
I'm shoving it down my throat. This week I have steadily
gained weight in stead of losing. Am I supposed to be eating 1700 calories
A day to loose? Is my body thinking its starving?

Help

Thanks
To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows:

If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : multiplu BMR x 1.2
If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : BMR x 1.375
If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : BMR x 1.55
If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : BMR x 1.725
If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : BMR x 1.9

That will give you the level you need to maintain your weight. To lose weight, you would eat fewer calories.

So if your BMR is 1700 and you are lightly active, your calories to MAINTAIN your current weight is 2330, and if you're sedentary,it is 2040.

To LOSE, eat at a deficit of calories. A lot of people aim for a 500 calorie deficit to lose, so you'd want 1500 to 1800 calories by that reckoning. For me, I'm happy with less food, so I do a steeper deficit.

That being said, I suggest you eat to appetite and not beyond. If you aren't able to eat much food at all, get your protein in---that's important.
Sometimes lack of appetite is a sign that we are burning body fat at a good rate. When this is going on, we don't need to supply a lot of fat from food. But if appetite returns, it may mean that body fat burning is slowing down for the moment, so we would want to include a good amount of healthy fat in our food plan, to use as fuel until the body decides to burn more body fat, such as my butt.

Hope this helps. Take the calculations with a grain of salt, and listen to your body first. (in my opinion).
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Thanks so much! Yes I'd have to be around 1500 for weight loss I'm always
Way under that but I'm lacking on my water. I'm going to seriously focus
on drinking at least 8 glasses of water.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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So the last 2 days I have tried to eat 60% fat, 30-35% and less than 10%
Carbs. Mostly hard boiled eggs, tuna or chicken with mayo, coffee with cream, etc.
and the scale is moving down again. Apparently I needed more fat in my diet. Go figure!
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:52 AM   #10
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Great that you figured out what you needed!
I eat a good amount of fat, and although I'm not a speedy loser, I'm consistently moving downwards.
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