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    Dropped my calories, now gaining weight...

    I was maintaining my weight eating 3000+ calories a day at 6’2”, 180 lbs. Lifting 6 days a week. I had gotten up to 17-18% bf and wanted to cut down a bit before my wedding, so dropped my calories to 2400 (tracking and weighing everything). After a week I had gained 4 pounds, but chalked it up to water weight. It’s now been 3 weeks and even after further dropping calories to 2200, I‘ve actually come up to 184 lbs. How is this even possible?
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    How long were you running 3000 calories for - and do you have daily or monthly weigh ins for that period?

    Weight tends to move in jumps. It could be that if you had stayed on 3000 calories, you would be 186-188 now.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    How long were you running 3000 calories for - and do you have daily or monthly weigh ins for that period?

    Weight tends to move in jumps. It could be that if you had stayed on 3000 calories, you would be 186-188 now.
    I was on 3000 calories for almost 3 months. Only weighed a handful of times during that stretch; started at 172 at ended at 180 over those 3 months. Each weigh in was only slightly more than the previous. I remember weighing 174.6 after thanksgiving, weighed 177 after Christmas, 180 at the end of January.
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    So it could be that 180 was a low reading at the end of January.

    If you had done daily weigh ins, you'd have probably seen that day to day, your weight varies by as much as 2 or 3 lbs.

    If you were gaining 3lbs a month (roughly), that implies a suplus of less than 500 cals. So going to 2400 may only put you in a deficit of 200 or so.

    Metabolism can adapt by that much quite easily so perhaps you are now at maintenance (although I would expect 2200 to be low enough to lose weight).

    Perhaps stick with 2200 for another 2 weeks and see what happens.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    So it could be that 180 was a low reading at the end of January.

    If you had done daily weigh ins, you'd have probably seen that day to day, your weight varies by as much as 2 or 3 lbs.

    If you were gaining 3lbs a month (roughly), that implies a suplus of less than 500 cals. So going to 2400 may only put you in a deficit of 200 or so.

    Metabolism can adapt by that much quite easily so perhaps you are now at maintenance (although I would expect 2200 to be low enough to lose weight).

    Perhaps stick with 2200 for another 2 weeks and see what happens.
    I gotcha! Appreciate the info! I’ll give it a couple weeks and see how things go
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    Many times a drop in calories causes a drop in NEAT which is one of the biggest factors in TDEE
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