I didn't listen. Even though I knew I should be eating a significantly higher amount of food, I stuck at 1200, max. And I lost almost 40 pounds. But, now I'm stuck. The scale won't budge. And... I know I did it to myself. I just want to get out of this rut so I can continue on, and get the last 25-30 pounds off. I'm a 5"0 female of 19 years, by the way, and I'm stuck at 159.
What can I do to get out of this? I know I need to eat more and likely exercise less, but I don't know how much to do on either side of that, and I don't know how long to do it for before starting to diet again. And even then, once I do start losing again, how much do I eat? I'm all right with a pound a week at this point; I just want the scale to move!
Rightly, starvation mode doesn't forgive. Sorry to say you won't see the results you want without eating more, and if you do lose you'll lose the wrong type of body mass.
I'm totally aware of that, now. I just don't actually know how much to eat. :/
Figure out exactly what you burn per day, including all the exercise you are doing. Eat that amount of food. You will gain weight. Keep eating that amount of food until you stop gaining, this could be a couple of weeks. Then introduce a deficit of 500 calories or less.
I'm curious, how exactly am I going to -gain- weight though? I mean, without doing the math, shouldn't eating exactly what I burn just result in me staying the same...? Not that I mind, I mean, I understand that this has to happen.
Here is a teen calculator you can use to figure out how many calories you burn.
Sorry, what I wrote didn't make sense. What I should have said is "Figure out what you would burn if you had a functioning metabolism." You actually burn less than you should, because you have trained your body to get by with very little food.
Increase calories to maintenance and do it with healthy food. Eat every few hours . You should still exercise, but change up your routine - use different cardio, add weight training, and if your health allows you try interval -as they say "keep your body guessing" - when it needs to adjust to new exercise it burns the most. That should help you go back to normal again.
Mister Solid, you are very smart and succinct. I applaud you.
OP -- I hope you don't have to suffer too much while fixing this. I'm so glad you were actually willing to ask for help -- very brave :)
You should prepare yourself for the possibility that you might gain a little bit back before you start losing again. But if you've come to this conclusion, you might already realize that. I just don't want you to be startled if it happens.
Good luck, stick with it and you'll see the results you want.