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Old 10-06-2008, 06:49 PM   #1  
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Default I lose more when I eat more... what's up with it?

Hey everyone... As I've started putting my weight into my calorie journal, I've noticed a pattern. On days when I eat around 1500 calories, I lose much more weight the next morning than on days when I eat around 1400-1300.

It's just a day to day thing, or else I would think it was because I boosted my metabolism by eating more...but in a matter of 24 hours?

What's going on with this? Anyone else have a body that works this way?
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:02 PM   #2  
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Well, it takes time for your body to process what you eat and for you to gain/lose weight. Today, I am not seeing the results of what I ate yesterday on the scale (except for maybe water retention from salt).

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Old 10-06-2008, 09:34 PM   #3  
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I'm not sure you can make any reliable conclusions based on a 24 hour period or a difference of so few calories. Sometimes you can't even draw conclusions from a week or more. You can do everything "right" and still see the scale not move or move in the wrong direction.

100 to 200 calories is such a small difference (translating into about a half ounce to an ounce of body weight, in accordance with calorie theory), I'm not sure there would be an effect large enough to be easily measureable in most cases. It seems more likely that you're experiencing a coincidence.
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I experience the same thing, Kelly. I've been shooting for 1300/day, but I noticed that when I would eat, like, 1800 one day, that I would be down. I dont know what causes this, but it's why I started calorie shifting. Maybe I can continue the trend. Worth a shot!
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Well, it takes time for your body to process what you eat and for you to gain/lose weight. Today, I am not seeing the results of what I ate yesterday on the scale (except for maybe water retention from salt).

yeah, what she said.
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Same here. I have one day a week where I eat anything I want for lunch. When I get home and weight myself after work on that day the scale is almost always a pound or two lower (and it stays lower) than it is on the days I stay on plan. Calorie cycling really works well for me.
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Sign me up for the "24 hours is too short of a time to tell" crew.

I think it's possible that your body just reacts really well to a little bit of calorie cycling. It's also possible that your body just takes a few days to show loss (mine does - I don't lose steadily - I lose in "whooshes"). It's also possible that overall you're eating too little and you need to bump it up a bit.

I tend to doubt that last because, as someone else pointed out, 100 cals is really such a small range to make that much of a difference.

I'd say just keep eating within that 1300-1500 range - some days up and some days down - and enjoy the results!

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It works for me. Maybe it's just coincidence that I lost more when I actually up my calories. I was eating 500-750 a day, which I was told was too low, so I upped it to around 1000-1200 and my body now burns quicker. I believe that it works...
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It works for me. Maybe it's just coincidence that I lost more when I actually up my calories. I was eating 500-750 a day, which I was told was too low, so I upped it to around 1000-1200 and my body now burns quicker. I believe that it works...
Not to change the subject but how were you surviving on 500-750 calories a day??
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1400-1300 calories seems really low for your weight and height. If you drop down to 1200 after you stop losing, you're not going to have anywhere to go from there.
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It was easy actually. I lost 26 lbs in 8 weeks too! But I've been told its super unhealthy, so I'm trying to actually up my calorie intake now. i find it really hard to do that though. I was used to eating the way & was eating & my stomach shrunk, big time! Now that I'm trying to eat more, I find it hard because I become full so quickly. I find myself eating dinner with "extras" just to provide calories that I may need to bring my intake up to around 1000-1200. it's been really difficult and to be totally honest, I'm still lucky if I can get up to 1000 calories a day.
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Extasee - I would work on getting your caloric intake even higher than 1000, closer to 1500. I know it may be difficult for you but I think it'd be overall worth it to try.
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I was eating 500-750 a day, which I was told was too low, so I upped it to around 1000-1200 and my body now burns quicker. I believe that it works...
I'm happy to see your eating more AND losing weight. Your on a great path.
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I am trying to get the daily intake up, IT'S JUST SO HARD! :-) I have been putting in an effort though, I never ate breakfast, now I have my coffee & a piece of wheat toast w/ artificial butter spray on it. I've been trying to have a snack after supper, to try to make up those additional calories. And instead of basicly living off of tuna wraps & salads, I've been trying to eat more stuff that would increase my cals, last night for dinner was baked chicken breast w/ brown rice & I'm weird, so I put Low Fat Ranch dressing on my rice for flavor. I'm trying
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I never ate breakfast, now I have my coffee & a piece of wheat toast w/ artificial butter spray on it.
I think this might be a big thing ... seriously. The healthier a breakfast you eat, the better off you'll be throughout the rest of the day.

Coffee and toast with fake butter just isn't healthy.

What about having that toast with a spoonfull of peanut butter? Or making yourself some cheese toast? Or spreading on some cream cheese and apple butter? Add a cup of cottage cheese to your breakfast.

Anything to add some protein and calories will help out tremendously.

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