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Weight Loss Advice for highly-active girl possible suffering metabolic fatigue

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Hello all!

So I've been trying to lose weight for about 3 years.

So I'm 5'7, and about 160 pounds. Very curvy and muscular, (especially in the legs...think of a chubbier Beyonce lol) and I've found it very hard to lose fat, but very easy to gain muscle. I've tried everything from atkins, to paleo w/ regular IF, (which I've done about a year), bulletproof IF, and vegetarianism (which extremely helped with my IBS)

Now here's the thing, I've just started logging my calories, and it seems that my net calories would hover around 1,100 calories a day. I do martial arts 3x a week, and tai chi 2x a week.

I've upped my calories for about a month, to around 1600 cal, and it seems that I've gained weight on the scale. I'm more flabby, and I've gained inches. My face looks like a blow fish (my face tends to be puffy in the morning) I'm now thinking about bringing my caloric intake down again, but I'm thinking my metabolism won't even let me lose fat there. It's extremely frustrating.

Any advice? Should I be looking at 1200 cal, or more like 1800?

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on August 28, 2013
at 11:37 PM

struggling to get enough *calories*, rather. Whoops.

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on August 28, 2013
at 11:36 PM

If you're struggling to get enough foods, those might be useful to you, but I think you can easily get 1800 calories from Paleo foods. Eat lots of fat!

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on August 28, 2013
at 09:41 PM

what ever makes your body feel good--if you like it and tolerate it, go for it.

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on August 28, 2013
at 09:40 PM

I would give the IF a rest and focus on 3 solid meals a day. Unless, you consult an expert who encourages IF to heal your metabolism.

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on August 28, 2013
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Thanks so much. I wonder if I should stick to straight paleo, or should I include more caloric dense non-paleo foods like maybe gluten-free oats or rice?

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on August 28, 2013
at 07:40 PM

I suspected as much. Should I continue with the IF while upping the calories? Or focus on getting as many calories as I can per day?

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on August 28, 2013
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I agree with Allison - maybe take a look at this: http://gokaleo.com/2013/08/17/what-to-expect-when-you-stop-dieting-part-3-what-the-heck-is-happening-to-me/

You definitely should be much closer to 1800 or even higher if you're 5'7" and active. Give your body a rest - because you've been restricting so hard, your body thinks there's a famine going on, so it's storing fat like crazy to make sure you don't die! With enough time spent eating adequate calories, it will figure out that hey, there's actually no famine after all.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on August 28, 2013
at 09:41 PM

what ever makes your body feel good--if you like it and tolerate it, go for it.

D8d31d76d8329dc5cf0c808a4cedae11

(10)

on August 28, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Thanks so much. I wonder if I should stick to straight paleo, or should I include more caloric dense non-paleo foods like maybe gluten-free oats or rice?

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 28, 2013
at 11:37 PM

struggling to get enough *calories*, rather. Whoops.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 28, 2013
at 11:36 PM

If you're struggling to get enough foods, those might be useful to you, but I think you can easily get 1800 calories from Paleo foods. Eat lots of fat!

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B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

on August 28, 2013
at 06:35 PM

It seems that your metabolism might be derranged from yo-yo dieting. You have been eating too few calories, while doing lots of high intensity activities. Your body's metabolism slowed down to cope with the exercise stress and starvation. I know this absolutely sucks to hear, but you might have to put up with the weight gain until your metabolism can handle a normal calorie load. After your metabolism heals, you will be able to healthily get toned. I suggest seeking out a qualified trainer, who has worked with clients in similar situations. I hate to gender stereotype but we women always seem to be prone to yo-yo dieting. We seem to be afraid to eat, thinking that Greek yogurt and a salad are sufficient enough to fuel our high pace lifestyles. I yo-yo dieted for years, and my metabolism just beginning to feel "normal" after 2 years of--I need to eat like an active person.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on August 28, 2013
at 09:40 PM

I would give the IF a rest and focus on 3 solid meals a day. Unless, you consult an expert who encourages IF to heal your metabolism.

D8d31d76d8329dc5cf0c808a4cedae11

(10)

on August 28, 2013
at 07:40 PM

I suspected as much. Should I continue with the IF while upping the calories? Or focus on getting as many calories as I can per day?

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