So this year I've lost 40lbs. Pretty great right? I feel more confident and happy because of it. I now sit at 173 as my current weight. My method of reaching my current weight wasn't the healthiest though. This entire summer I've been eating around 800-1000 calories a day. Some times I would pig out and get almost 2000-2500 for a day, but those days only happened maybe 4 or 5 times this summer. I wasn't aware how bad that was/is for my body. I didn't know that 1200 is needed just to keep the organs running, and so I'm trying to push myself back up to 1300 calories a day. But I'm so scared that by doing that I'm going to balloon back up and I can't have that. I can't. I want to continue losing weight and I'm planning on having 30 minute work out sessions at least 2 times a week. (I'll try for longer and more workouts but with full time school and two part time jobs it'll be difficult.) Please tell me how I can stop the ballooning, or if it will happen. I just don't want to gain back what I suffered to lose, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another note this week I've been averaging around 1100 a day.
1100 is too less, what are your stats exactly? How much does calorie count tell you to eat? 1200 is a bare minimum, when you're absolutely sedentary it's the intake prescribed to lose weight. If you're having 30 minute sessions you will have to eat more. Plug your stats into the CC tool.
Start with slightly increasing your portions, regularising your meals and include more fruit, veggies, lean protein, nuts and fibre(flax seed, oats). What are you eating ? 800-1000 is not just difficult to sustain, but it isn't healthy either.
Even if you see a slight jump in the scale, it might just be your body getting adjusted to the added intake. Don't worry, your weight will stabilise and you'll start seeing better results soon.