Reverse Diet Update

Hard to believe it’s already been 6 weeks since I started my reverse diet!  In that time, I’ve been able to increase my calories from 1,389 to 1,547!  While that may not seem like much, it really is when it’s all put towards increasing carbs!  I can have sweet potatoes, plantains, fruit, rice, bread and treats more often now!  🙂

My weight has continued to trend downwards despite some pretty significant fluctuations each week, but it’s interesting to see how the body responds to schedule changes, types of food, stress, and sleep patterns.  In my last post, I mentioned how I thought I was hitting my caloric maintenance levels, since my weight was leveling off, but I don’t think that’s really the case as continue to feel hungry on a regular basis.  This tells me my leptin levels are low and that my body still needs more calories.  I believe the weight loss is “slowing down” since I’m hitting lower body fat levels and with my calorie deficit getting smaller as well.  I think my TDEE is around 1,700, so the trend should continue for another few weeks.  I’m also noticing my body is appearing more lean in my problem areas.  I do have some loose skin, but my midsection and “love handles” have tightened up a bit as confirmed by most recent measurements.

Overall, I am taking a very conservative approach to the reverse diet as I want to limit gaining body fat as much as possible.  Once I see my weight increase for a few weeks, I’ll know I’ve hit maintenance and will remain there for a few more weeks before pushing my calories up again.

Last Sunday, I added in a “refeed” day to help replenish some glycogen and to throw my metabolism a curve ball.  I knew I’d gain around 3 pounds following the refeed, and ended up gaining around 2.6 pounds the following day.  🙂  After 4 days, my weight came back down to pre-refeed levels, so I’m hoping to increase my macros for the coming week!

In other news, I’m also gearing up for my first fitness photo shoot!  There are several reasons for the shoot.  #1 – Photo shoots are fun, so it’s a great way to treat myself by getting dolled up and hanging out with some fun people at the same time!  #2 – To document how far I’ve come on this fitness journey.  I’ve lost 30 pounds and five dress sizes, so having some great “after” images will help me see where all the hard work has gone.  #3 – Marketing for Solana Fitness. I need some good quality images for this site.

The photo shoot is a little over a week away, so I’m currently determining how best to structure my diet to appear as lean and defined as possible.  It can be tricky with a reverse diet since I’m actually adding more calories back in.  I’ll be interesting to see how it goes!

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