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Old 08-20-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Increasing Calories

Do you find that your weight loss picks up when increasing calories? Or does it stop?

I ate 300+ more calories yesterday, and when I stepped on the scale this morning I am down 1.4 pounds.

How about eating BMR x activity level level of calories but Induction level carbs - do you think this will work? Or subtract 20%?
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:30 AM   #2
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It's a danger to attribute any scale number to what was done the previous day. Our bodies don't necessarily respond immediately to any changes or tweaks. My own weight can fluctuate 3-5 lbs on water retention alone from day to day--and that has nothing to do with fat loss or gain.

If you increased calories daily for 2 weeks and noted increased loss, then perhaps you could draw a conclusion, but one of the dangers of daily weighing is to focus more on the scale number than it merits.
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Agree with Leo on this one.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:23 AM   #4
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It's a danger to attribute any scale number to what was done the previous day. Our bodies don't necessarily respond immediately to any changes or tweaks. My own weight can fluctuate 3-5 lbs on water retention alone from day to day--and that has nothing to do with fat loss or gain.

If you increased calories daily for 2 weeks and noted increased loss, then perhaps you could draw a conclusion, but one of the dangers of daily weighing is to focus more on the scale number than it merits.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:55 AM   #5
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Agreed with Leo (as always). It generally takes my body a few days after a high calorie day or cheat day to even register the gain. So one high day likely means nothing in terms of trends for you.

As for calorie levels, it's very personal. But the general thought is that you don't ever eat below BMR. That's what you need just to be alive and lay in bed all day long. Google TDEE. That is what your body burns during the day and accounts for all of your movements. You generally want to eat somewhere between BMR and TDEE levels.

Having said all that, I don't follow any of those guidelines and eat until satisfied while being mindful to not overeat.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:08 AM   #6
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I also agree that a 24 hour period is not enough to make a good judgement - no matter what the change.

If your question is about eating enough or too much, it will take time to sort that out and some diligence. The problem with attributing anything to a calorie count is that is doesn't properly account for the makeup of food. It is good to take a full look at what amounts of the 3 macros you are consuming.

As we all know the calories 100 calories in a snack bar is not the same as the 100 calories in 21g of cheddar cheese. The makeup of the food is really the most important issue.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Yeah I guess spoke too soon - I'm up 200g today. But it's all good.

Oh, I reached ONEderland this week so life is good.
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