I am just new to this forum but looking forward to learning a lot about eating healthier and understanding how food affects us!
My recent background, I am 5'7" (27 year old female) started out weighing 153 and decided to go on Ideal Protein to basically detox a bit from carbs and sugar and drop 10 or so pounds (Goal is 140 lbs).
Well I last week I was at 144.4 lbs so a total of 8.6 pound loss. Making it through phase 1 and 2 successfully...BUT....
Of course I had 2 really bad eating days right at the end of phase 2...pizza, beer, wings all the horrible stuff. I stepped on the scale Sunday night following these bad days and I am up to 148 lbs. My calories for those two days were 2,972 on Saturday and about the same for Sunday.
Normally my range right now with this program is 800-950 calories per day...yes very low but that is what the program calls for.
I am wondering could those two days have really set me back that much or am I dehydrated from those 2 days and retaining all my water? I normally drink about 70-80 ounces of water a day...but those two days I hardly drank any water. I am trying to understand this.
Should I be upping my calorie intake, or keeping it at 800-950 for the sake of this program? I did Zumba last night for 60 minutes to try and work off some weight so then I had an extra protein after my workout.
Or....did I really gain 4 pounds from those two days?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks