Hello! I have been on this diet for a year and a half now. I have been doing well. Until I noticed I gained 20 pounds. It kind of freaked me out to see. I tried working out even more, running and the elyptical (I'm not allowed outdoors, so I have to go to a gym to get any real movement in), yoga, pilates, but suddenly, I was stuck. Seeing I wasn't thin anymore, I kind of panicked.
I come from a back round of eating 900 calories daily for 2 years. I've always kind of had a weight problem.
I'm back in my old pit, but this time I've dropped to 500-700 calories. I'm terrified of weight gain, and I have no idea how to deal with it. It just makes me feel terrible.
Why was I gaining so much weight? What can I do to keep it off? I really do want to be on this life style, I just feel afraid of weight right now. I don't know how to deal with it. I keep wondering if I missed something to the diet. I always ate 2,000+ cals a day, plus 4 lts water. So I'm really curious what happened to my weight...
Thank you for any responses.
<Edit> Added 2 photos of myself, now.
I have some relevant questions for you that will assist us in understanding your situation:
Why are you not allowed outdoors; and if you are not allowed outdoors, how do you get vitamin D? Do you take a supplement? (This is probably unrelated but I am just curious; if you had a massive vitamin D deficiency that would just suck.)
In the last year and a half, how often did you eat cooked food? Also, describe your fat intake, and also salt intake (if applicable).
With the extra 20 lbs, what is your height and weight?
Do you know how long it took to gain this 20 lbs?
Do you have the means to determine your body fat %? That would also be helpful info.
Also, are you lean? A picture would be nice, so that we could see whether this is a natural weight for your body size (you are your own worst judge; everything will look like flab to your eyes XD.) Weight is just a number, and sadly, many people struggling with eating disorders are unable to accept a natural weight for their body even if it is lean. I'm not discrediting your analysis, but it would be unwise for me to accept your 20lb gain as a bad thing unless I actually knew that you were not lean and had excess body fat. If I (and others) saw a picture of you or saw the height/weight/body fat % and determined that this was, in fact, excess fat, we would react differently than, say, someone who appears incredibly skinny and is freaking out about the 10lbs they gained on 811. I just want to make sure you're sane ;-)
One last thing: I'm assuming your current weight is an average of your morning NOS (naked on scale) weight, before drinking/eating, after elimination.
I was going to ask about cruciferous veggies/brassicas but I'm pretty sure PK will do that soon :D Do you eat a pound of spinach every day, by any chance?
My blood tests say my D levels are fine. I get some sunlight while waiting out side the gym door for my parents to arrive and pick me up, thankfully.
No cooked food at all in the last year.
I am 5'3 and weighed 130 at my weight gain... sense falling back on my old diet I weight 117.9 currently. I'm not lean at all. I'm flabby. I'll get a picture of myself in a moment, I guess. :)
I weigh myself first thing in the morning after a trip to the bathroom, indeed NOS. Before anything, may it be eating or drinking.
No, I don't eat a pound of spinach everyday. I eat a lot of lettuses, cauliflower, tomatoes of variety from our garden, zucchinis, carrots, sometimes peas.
Hi Ayllx, could you share with us your height and weight?
I am 5'3". I started the diet at 109 lbs. I gained 20. Sense calorie restriction I've gone down to 117.9 lbs.
Actually our guidelines to avoid malnutrition are 3000 calories day for males.
We have had one teenager who calorie restricted end up with stage one osteoporosis.
At some point, it is not body fat that is being lost, rather bone density and muscles mass.
Thanks Ayllx. 130lbs is within the healthy range for your height!
I definitely would advise you against restricting your calories, in addition to all the negative effects that PK mentioned, restricting your calories that much will only slow down your metabolism, and that way you'll gain even more when when you eat! Not a good plan. I would stop with the calorie restriction right now before any more damage is done.
Think long term. I would go back to increasing your activity at the gym, that way you increase your metabolism and tone up at the same time! You can really have fun with that and set up goals for yourself.
I'm so confused.. are your photos before or now? To me you look very fit.
Your profile says you are male, and for a 5'3" male, your starting weight of 109 was too low, your current weight of 117 is too low. At 130 pounds, you were barely in a healthy zone and or healthy bmi.
Stop calorie restricting. Once you go below 130 pounds, your body fat and bmi are going to be too low. If you keep losing weight, it is going to be muscle mass and bone density, and at your tender age, you probably do not want osteoporosis and or your teeth and hair to fall out.
We need some body fat to regulate and store fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.
You need to start eating 3000 calories a day, and get your weight back up between 130-153. If you are exercising and building muscle, you should be more close to 150.
Reasons our guidelines are 3000 calories per day for males miniumum include warding off deficiencies and malnutrition. Read more about what happens to those that restrict here:
On this diet, those who are underweight will gain, and those who are obese will lose. The reason that you were gaining is because your body is self regulating.
Reasons for weight gain on this diet include:
Nutrient Dense Calories
Volume of Water and Fruit
Intestines Contain Soluble Fiber and Fluid
Bone Density Increase
Muscle Mass Increase
Healthier Body Tissues and Organs
Increase in Healthy Body Fat
To review how to do this diet optimally, pleas (re)read our Banana Wagon Tour:
For optimum digestion, focus on whole raw ripe fruits and lettuce greens:
Lettuce greens should not be confused with kale and cruciferous veggies which are high in oxalate and can contribute to poor health:
If you are looking for a toned look, try adding in yoga, dancing, and or martial arts.
Good luck and Peace, PK
I'll try to get more calories in. i'll work harder. Thank you, PK. :)
You are welcome Ayllx. Good luck. Peace, PK
I must ask, why are you not allowed outside? Are you ok? Are you being held against your will?
I'm alright. :) I'm just a minor with sheltering parents. Thank you for your concern, though!