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increase calorie intakeafter restrictive diet

By Anonymous January 6, 2015 - 4:57pm
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I am currently on a restrictive diet of about 700 calories per day. I am a 24 year old female, 5 foot 1 and at a healthy weight, I do not want to gain or loose but I think calorie restriction has gone out of hand and would like to increase to about 1200 which according to my fitness pal is my BMR. I do not exercise but I do walk about 15 min most days just to get to work and 15min to get back. I have lost a lot of muscle mass and feel hungry and this is why i would like to increase, but I am so scared of gaining weight. If I increase what could happen to my body?

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Thank you Susan,

I had hyperthyroidism a couple of years ago and lost some weight, and with it a lot of muscle mass. I was under treatment and I don´t currently suffer from it. I liked that my legs and stomach were thinner and was afraid of gaining weight with the medication so I started restricting calories, so instead of gaining I lost. I am doing yoga as I do not feel strong enough to do any weights right now. I am not worried about the numbers, in fact I do not own a scale but I would totally freak out if I increase my calorie intake and my clothes would stop fitting.
However I do realize that this diet is to restrictive and it makes me unhappy to keep it but I don´t know how to increase without gaining as I want to maintain.

January 11, 2015 - 1:18pm
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