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3-DAY REFRESH: GET YOUR BODY BACK ON THE FAST TRACK TO WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTHY EATING HABITS

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New to the boards/question about calories
Hi, I'm new to the boards here.
Anyways, I just completed my second week of insanity. I have a couple of questions about the diet though...

Before, I would consume less than 1000 calories a day... ( i know, I KNOW!!!!...... don't worry, I've been upping it on the intake and trying to change myself) anyways, now I have to try really really hard to even reach 1200. According to the formula that comes with the nutrition guide, I should be consuming around 2500 calories a day!!!!!
I've heard that people who consume less than 1000 calories/day and are binge dieting will see a significant weight gain when they try to start eating the normal amount for their body. Anyways, my question is, am I going to see a significant weight gain when I start increasing my calories per day, and how long will it take for my metabolism to kick into gear?
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RE: New to the boards/question about calories
11/5/12 2:20 AM as a reply to juliaou.
If you eat much calories than you daily burn - you will gain weight.
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RE: New to the boards/question about calories
11/5/12 7:36 AM as a reply to juliaou.
You might see a slight gain for a week or so, but it will quickly be lost during the program.

The workouts themselves would be more than 1/2 your daily intake if you continued to eat that amount of low calories. Certain bodily functions shut down when you don't eat enough calories to sustain your daily workout and routine.

There are so many positive things that will happen as a result of eating more calories, you should really just trust us and give it a try. Slowly increase your calories over a week period instead of each day, but make sure you are eating the right amounts of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats..... and the healthy types of those too!

You will be amazed on how much harder you can push through the workout, and will start to gain some tone (muscle) to your body. Since the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn (even at rest) its a great thing!

Marc
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RE: New to the boards/question about calories
11/5/12 7:44 AM as a reply to juliaou.
Agree with Coach Marc and have some questions. How long have you been going under 1000 and what were your results. That is not healthy nonetheless, but you know that. You may see some early gain, water retention, muscle growth and just your bodies adaptaation to this new phenomenon, but you need the fuel to get your body through Insanity which is going to use up a lot of your intake. Online support can be a great tool and I’ve got an awesome group of people doing Insanity and we’d love to have you join us for support, motivation, inspiration, information and friendship. Also feel free to ask any questions to me or here and you will get help. Check us out here:

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RE: New to the boards/question about calories
11/5/12 9:33 AM as a reply to CoachLarryM.
Thanks, Coach Larry & Coach Marc.

I've been under 1000 for probably almost a year now. In the summer, I was actually only consuming around 400 a day or less!!!!! It wasn't even that I was trying to lose weight back then, I was just honestly never hungry. But it got really bad...one day at work in the summer, I actually passed out, and had to go to the ER. They said that it was due to a "stress attack", but I'm sure it was because of malnutrition. Even though I was basically only eating half a meal a day, I thought that I was ok, because everytime I went to the doctor, they said that I was healthy and all my blood readings were not only normal, but in great shape!
But ever since that incident at work, I've been trying to eat regularly. I actually thought that I was doing a good job, until recently when I started calorie tracking...I was still only eating less than 1000 calories a day!!!!!! Once I started tracking, I've been trying to up my intake, and right now I'm around 1200 a day. But now, since I've been under-eating for so long, I'm actually terrified of gaining weight while my metabolism adjusts. I'm scared that I'm going to see this sudden weight gain and I won't be able to lose it..

Anyways, I've actually seen some improvements in my overall health in even the past few days that I've been upping on my intake. For the longest time, I would always feel tired, nauseous, light-headed, tingling in my fingers, dizzy, irritated, and weak. But I had grown accustomed to it and had thought it was "normal", since I've been experiencing it for so long. But now, I actually feel more energized and even happier! However, I am still really, really scared of gaining weight. The scale is an unhealthy addiction to me.......any ideas on how long it will be before my metabolism starts functioning normally?

Even before I started insanity, I was working out an average of 5 days/week and burning around 600 calories per workout. So I don't know if that will have any affect on my results with the increase in calories, since I am somewhat used to intense workouts.
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RE: New to the boards/question about calories
11/5/12 11:23 AM as a reply to juliaou.
You've really probably been doing some damage to your body eating so little. Those symptoms you describe sound like malnutrition to me. Figure out what your Base Metabolic Rate (BMR) is and try to stay above that. You'll feel much better. You have to change your mindset about what is healthy for you; easier said than done, but I think you know that.
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