Iv been doing this lifestyle for 6 months now and have gained some weight at the start. Iv only been eating around 1500-2000 cals and am scared to up my cals even though im seeing no good results in my body. I feel ok in myself but keep slipping up, especially the past few days where iv binged out on chocolate. Help! I know I need to up my cals but im scared of getting even even bigger. Im 5'3 and 160lbs. Just want to give up to be fair.
Don't be scared ellie! I was also eating between 1300-1500 for awhile as well when I was short on cash, but I didn't gain and was very slow to lose. I'm 4'11 and at 152 so far. For the past 2 days I did an experiment on myself to eat 2000 calories of raw foods besides dinner, which usually only had 1-2 cooked items along with raw and 1 processed snack (unsalted pretzels). Everything else was completely raw and my breakfast consisted of a 1000 cal smoothie and fruits were my snacks too. I ended up losing a bit over 2 pounds. I did the same minor exercises with hand weights, heel lifts, some squats, walking while at the grocery store lol, etc. Nothing hardcore. I slept around the same time and ate around the same time. Kept my intake of water the same as well (3+ litres a day). Ended up losing half an inch from my tummy and weighed myself in the morning after going to the bathroom for a bit more of an accurate reading. Lost 2.4 pounds during those two days. Right now I'm on my 3rd day of this 2000 cal test I'm doing on myself.
I know everyone is different so you may gain or lose, but it doesn't hurt not to try. Eat as raw as you can, limit processed garbage, and if you still eat cooked, eat a cooked dinner since its slower to digest. You have the support of the members of this forum :)
Yeah I need to just jump in and stop worrying.
There's only one thing to do.. throw the scale away and carb the f#ck up. don't be led by fear.
And i will guarantee you you will gain weight.. but that's because you've been eating so little cals.
You're afraid to up your cals, so you fat up on chocolate?
How did you find it once yougot to 3000?
The biggest factor would be how much sodium you have, rather than how many carbs. At one point I dropped my sodium to maybe 100mg and increased my calories to 4500 to 6000. I was pregnant, but only gained 25lbs with baby and lost them within the first 2 weeks after birth. Afterwards and with next baby I DID NOT drop my sodium levels, gained 30 lbs, but then lost them in 9 days after birth. NEVER EVER did before with all other children. I must now eat such a low sodium level and I have consistently been losing .5 to 1.5lbs per day.
Drink enough water (your body weight divided by 2 in ounces if you are sedentary!)
Get PLENTY of sleep/nap/rest time
Get your B-12 (Freelee has a video on how she lost weight and cleared up cellulite)
Get your vitamin D (preferrably from the sun, but a supplement to raise levels) along with Magnesium (dark greens and nuts or Natural Calm when you can't find fresh)
These are huge factors, but the biggest being to drop your sodium. Things may not taste 'yummy' but after eating with less or no salt and using things like tomatoes, celery, kale that have a natural saltiness, then your taste will improve - it cleanses the palate and you become more sensitive to flavors.
Hope this helps and you start seeing more progressive results! :)