After Low Calories
After one follows a low calorie diet, how much time is needed to get back to "normal"? The amount of food people suggest to eat here is just terrifying. Not because I couldn't eat it but because I always had to watch out very carefully not to gain.
After being fat most of my life, I lost the fat with the bodybuilding method (high protein, low everything else, lots of weights and cardio). I got lean on a 1000-1100 kcal diet with lots of exercise, and had the best time of my life. Lost nearly 60 pounds in 1.5 years, kept it off without problems for three years.
Enter high fat diets two years ago, I removed toxins, added fat and started eating around 1500 kcal. I gained almost 15 pounds, and I don't like this. Perhaps only half of it is fat because I gained strength too, and don't look much larger, but I still don't need to gain any.
I see two ways: either higher fat (and calorie) doesn't help me stay lean / get lean again and I have to get back to a lower intake and switch between low calorie and high fat, depending on how much I gain during high fat periods. Though I'm no fan of the low energy and cold sensitivity that comes with it.
The other way is that perhaps my body should adapt to eating more and start burning more. I still don't see this happening. How much time does it take? Does it ever happen? Most of the time I see the suggestion "you should eat more", but this obviously didn't work for me. I'm far from being perfectly BP but I live much healthier than I used to so I doubt that it is due to toxins. I used to consume much more toxins yet lost fat like crazy.
I see many benefits of this lifestyle but fat burning is not one of them. I don't want to lose those benefits but I want to see that 15 pounds gone again. I give the cyclic keto approach one more week and after that let a month of reduced fat intake come (let's say 40% protein, 30%-30% carb and fat). I will keep track of it and hopefully will be able to lose the extra and get some balance. Of course I will still eat as BP foods as I can.
If anyone has some advice on how to proceed after huge calorie deficits (which was the only thing that worked for me), it will be appreciated.
I want to understand what that factor is that made me lose fat and keep it off on a high stress, higher toxin lifestyle with not nearly as many supplements (for example, no D at all, and I haven't even heard of K), and it makes me gain fat on a healthy lifestyle. This just doesn't make sense to me right now (haven't made sense for the last year or so).
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