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    Have been on a strict and very clean high protein low carb diet for a number of years, shredded and toned with very low body fat, body weight was always around 48-51kg. Then i had an operation after which i couldn’t move for a month, which just killed me inside, as i was used to working out everyday, being very active etc. when this happened i totally broke and because i couldn’t do anything else - not even walking or getting out of bed, i binge ate (psychological factors, stress) like crazy. The foods i consumed were the foods i never had in years- chocolate, pies, all things that i wouldn’t allow myself to have for a long period of time. i was really hurting physically because of the operation and i was also hurting mentally as i couldn’t move out of bed and so i was indulging for at least two more months until i finally felt good enough to recover after my operation. During this period of time, not surprisingly i gained the most weight i ever did in my life (weighing at 62kg). I was bloated, looked like a balloon, my body fat was around 30% of my body. I then started walking to my job, then walking uphill on a treadmill in the gym, and after a few months introduced weights again little by little (because of recovery post op). At this time i was already eating clean again, limiting my calories, because i was stressing out about looking like an absolute pig. AND I STILL AM. Now for over a year I am counting my calories 1300 per day and am on a low calorie diet consuming circa 37% of protein, 43% of fat and 20% of carbs daily. I lift weights for approx an hour a day 4 times per week and do cardio everyday so essentially im back where i was in terms of my workouts - on the days i lift id do cardio after my workout, on the days that i dont lift id just do cardio. Cardio is always for an hour, i go on a treadmill but i walk and not run very steep as in uphill. Cardio machine shows calories burned as 750 ( i know this is not 100% percent accurate but still the approximate figure ). My problem is that the weight that ive put on- does not go down. It is driving me crazy because for at least 5 years ive been in an amazing shape, very muscular, and little fat. Now i feel like whatever i do im just losing hope because weight and fat does not move. My BMR shows as 1350, as my height is only 157cm, but i consume 1300 calories and exercise c.750 kcal per day doing cardio, also some calories are burned during weights session which i dont even count, so im in caloric deficit of c.750 kcal a day. and I AM NOT LOSING ANYTHING. i weight all of my food. in fact, im gaining- a month ago i weighted 60, now i weight 62. I dont know whats happening. Please, someone who had a similar experience or could offer some guidance or help, anything would be appreciated. I know i have probably messed up my metabolic system or something real bad, but how do i fix it?
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    Originally Posted by youngaladyy View Post
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Have been on a strict and very clean high protein low carb diet for a number of years, shredded and toned with very low body fat, body weight was always around 48-51kg. Then i had an operation after which i couldn’t move for a month, which just killed me inside, as i was used to working out everyday, being very active etc. when this happened i totally broke and because i couldn’t do anything else - not even walking or getting out of bed, i binge ate (psychological factors, stress) like crazy. The foods i consumed were the foods i never had in years- chocolate, pies, all things that i wouldn’t allow myself to have for a long period of time. i was really hurting physically because of the operation and i was also hurting mentally as i couldn’t move out of bed and so i was indulging for at least two more months until i finally felt good enough to recover after my operation. During this period of time, not surprisingly i gained the most weight i ever did in my life (weighing at 62kg). I was bloated, looked like a balloon, my body fat was around 30% of my body. I then started walking to my job, then walking uphill on a treadmill in the gym, and after a few months introduced weights again little by little (because of recovery post op). At this time i was already eating clean again, limiting my calories, because i was stressing out about looking like an absolute pig. AND I STILL AM. Now for over a year I am counting my calories 1300 per day and am on a low calorie diet consuming circa 37% of protein, 43% of fat and 20% of carbs daily. I lift weights for approx an hour a day 4 times per week and do cardio everyday so essentially im back where i was in terms of my workouts - on the days i lift id do cardio after my workout, on the days that i dont lift id just do cardio. Cardio is always for an hour, i go on a treadmill but i walk and not run very steep as in uphill. Cardio machine shows calories burned as 750 ( i know this is not 100% percent accurate but still the approximate figure ). My problem is that the weight that ive put on- does not go down. It is driving me crazy because for at least 5 years ive been in an amazing shape, very muscular, and little fat. Now i feel like whatever i do im just losing hope because weight and fat does not move. My BMR shows as 1350, as my height is only 157cm, but i consume 1300 calories and exercise c.750 kcal per day doing cardio, also some calories are burned during weights session which i dont even count, so im in caloric deficit of c.750 kcal a day. and I AM NOT LOSING ANYTHING. i weight all of my food. in fact, im gaining- a month ago i weighted 60, now i weight 62. I dont know whats happening. Please, someone who had a similar experience or could offer some guidance or help, anything would be appreciated. I know i have probably messed up my metabolic system or something real bad, but how do i fix it?
    Eating 1300 calories is not the way to do it. That's the Auschwitz diet. Eat closer to 2000, and use your exercise(cardio) to keep you a few hundred below maintenance(which is not 1300). It's counterintuitive, but your body will do whatever it can to hold onto those few calories you're giving it. Especially since it got used to junk food heaven first

    60kg/1.57m= 40 bmi. If my math is correct you are fat af,no offense. I googled for you.

    https://www.calculator.net/bmr-calcu...t=20&x=71&y=15

    This says your bmr, if you were in a coma you would need 1500, working out 6 days a week you need 2500. So, subtract 500 to lose a pound a week, you're at the 2000 I recommended



    All pros routine is the top sticky in the workout program section. It's often advised for those losing weight. Its also good conditioning

    Dieting is not my forte. I got fat once and lost the weight with no effort, but this is the general thinking around here. Someone else may have more helpful advice, but this should at least get you in the right direction
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    Originally Posted by WakingOp View Post
    Eating 1300 calories is not the way to do it. That's the Auschwitz diet. Eat closer to 2000, and use your exercise(cardio) to keep you a few hundred below maintenance(which is not 1300). It's counterintuitive, but your body will do whatever it can to hold onto those few calories you're giving it. Especially since it got used to junk food heaven first

    60kg/1.57m= 40 bmi. If my math is correct you are fat af,no offense. I googled for you.

    This says your bmr, if you were in a coma you would need 1500, working out 6 days a week you need 2500. So, subtract 500 to lose a pound a week, you're at the 2000 I recommended



    All pros routine is the top sticky in the workout program section. It's often advised for those losing weight. Its also good conditioning

    Dieting is not my forte. I got fat once and lost the weight with no effort, but this is the general thinking around here. Someone else may have more helpful advice, but this should at least get you in the right direction
    Thanks a lot for your response! My BMI is 25. Its inbetween normal and overweight range. So nothing too bad but not healthy as well. My perfect weight is definitely somwehere around 50kg and now i am at 62kg.

    It is indeed quite hard to accept the fact that i would have to eat more to lose weight. I understand what youre saying though.. Has this worked for yourself? Im only hoping my body doesnt absorb all those extra calories as fat as well! Just to wrap it up i understand your suggestion is to increase kcal and keep the same workout regime? Do you think i should do this gradually?
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    I thought that seemed high.

    I would change slowly. Let your body acclimate.

    What's your routine look like? Your bmi is the same as me. I'm not in the slightest pudgy. It would arm you need to obtain some muscle mass.
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