Stats- Ate-no cheese :(, Pistachios, lots of cashews, turkey, shrimp, ice cream, rum and diet coke. Calories-1410. Activity- hour walk with dogs. Weight -0.6 lb up from yesterday (water weight, as my calorie count was below maintenance).
I am glad I was able to get my calorie count up to the 1400-ish range. It is very important to me to not get my body used to lower calorie counts, as I am not normally a small eater by any means, and I do not want to be forced to be.
If my body expects/gets trained to function on 1000 calories a day, and I eat even 1200 calories (which is not a lot more, a serving of nuts would be around that), the 200 extra calories a day would result in a weight gain of about 2 pounds a month, close to 25 pounds a year. Trying to take off the weight gained would mean going way below the 1000 calorie setpoint, an almost impossible task. Ergo, over time I would end up gaining rather than losing weight. This is how Yoyo dieting works, or should I say fails to work.
I have to be mindful and actually eat till full when I want to, rather than gaming myself to eat fewer and fewer calories (even if subconsciously) in a twisted attempt to lose weight faster. This might work in the short term, but it is a recipe for failure long term. Don’t gorge, but don’t starve or overly restrict either. Have to remember this!