Went on a diet near the start of April for 4 weeks and lost ~ 4.5kgs. This was a lot faster than planned but I put it down to (a) underestimate of correct daily calorie intake to lose at a rate of 0.5kg/week and (b) underestimate of calories burned during exercise. I logged *everything* with MyFitnessPal. Weighed myself once a week at the exact same day and time.
I've just completed first week of maintenance, logged everything with MyFitnessPal and I'm somehow +1kg! Seems like such a wild swing. Over the last week I actually logged an overall deficit of about 1200 calories. Any thoughts on what might be going on?
Diet phase daily calorie target was 1800 + exercise
Maintenance phase daily calorie target is 2300 + exercise
I've just been going with the targets automatically calculated by the app but they seemed reasonable based on past experiences?
Male, 34, 1.78m, 70.5kg as of this morning.
Exercise 5-6 times/week, alternating between short runs (~3km) and short strength sessions (about 30 mins of kettlebells and body weight exercises). I was running more at the start of the diet phase but had to cut back to manage an injury.
My feeling is that if 1800 was causing fairly rapid weight loss, then 2300 is not enough of an increase to cause rapid (?) weight gain. Should I weigh myself daily and monitor the natural fluctuations? Any thoughts....?!