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I have the same trouble. While I haven't my RMR done professionally, I've entered my stats into a few different online BMR and TDEE calculators. I come up with 1600 calories to lose weight. When I stick with it, I don't sleep for the hunger and I experience the same symptoms you have - those of one who is under eating by too much. Which makes me wonder, "what the hell, body?!" I'm not actually starving myself, why does it seem like my body goes into some sort of starvation, survivival mode, at which seems to me(from what I've been reading) like a modest deficit in calories. My body just refuses to do even that slow and safe weight loss of 1lb per week?

I'm worried about my health too. My dad was chubby most of his adult life and he died of pancreatic cancer. But on the daily, my feet hurt, and so do my hips and knees some days. I sweat easily, and it's difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. I feel tired carrying around this extra weight.

I too want very much to say good bye permanently to any kind of accounting diet. They all make me crazy and miserable very quickly.

I just want to eat healthy, without overeating and get some exercise, and accept that it may take me 2 years or more to reach a healthy-for-me weight. But I'm finding that a challenge.

Like you, my body gives me a tremendously hard time if I try to conventionally diet. I am wildly impressed by your ability to still stick with it for so long. I last about a week at most. But, I guess I have the struggle of clinging to the comfort of food as friend, numbing agent...it's not serving me well.
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But on the daily, my feet hurt, and so do my hips and knees some days. I sweat easily, and it's difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. I feel tired carrying around this extra weight.
That is why I am back on the diet trail. I was having terrible knee problems recently and though weirdly, they went away pretty quickly after starting dieting, i know I can't go back.

There always seems to be this tension where I think I am eating enough to be healthy and then don't lose... and then seem to need to eat way too little to lose. One of of my diets, VLCD, medically supervised... I didn't know it at the time but now know my body was suffering stress. My cholesterol went though the roof, my thyroid went down. At least I know what to look for now.
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I wish you the very best, Emily.

I am going to stick to recovery from compulsive/emotional eating, by way of a moderate food plan. Which will result in very slow weight loss, I know. But, for me, if I keep going down the diet route, I will most likely still be this weight, or this weight once again 5 years from now. And I'll still be as crazy inside my head with regards to food and diets. I'm aiming for a healthier body and a less squirrelly brain .

For me, diets are not the solution to why I overeat - although my disordered brain likes to hope they might be. Moderate eating is initially harder, because it doesn't have that instant gratification of quick weight loss...but I know it's the path I need to be pursuing for all around better health.
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I'm learning that diets just aren't working for me, and actually causing me to binge & purge more. I do need to watch what I eat but I've decided not to diet anymore.
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I'm learning that diets just aren't working for me, and actually causing me to binge & purge more. I do need to watch what I eat but I've decided not to diet anymore.
Interesting since this post was done.

1. I had my RMR tested again. In 2015 (after the liquid diet) it was 1250, in 2018 it was 1590 and now, it was 1750. This is all at the same body weight. So you see the calculators could have been way off. I don't discount that this also could be off, but it gives me an idea that my RMR has increased substantially.

2. For over 10 years I have had low blood pressure and low heart rate. My doctor was stumped. Guess what? After over a year of giving my body a diet break... my BP has risen and my heart rate has risen. Don't worry both are still normal. What does that mean? To me it means my entire metabolic system was reduced when I was dieting, EVEN IF I WASN"T DIETING ALL THE TIME. I can tell you I feel so much better. More energy... just general well being. I suspect this extends to thyroid hormone as well. I used to be cold all the time... no more.

3. I have determined that I burn off more calories when I am NOT dieting, naturally. Simply because your body becomes less efficient. Higher heart rate more work around the body.

Example: RMR of 1200. Multiplied by 1.2 (calculation for exercise that you do every day). TDEE: 1440. RMR of 1600 multiplied by 1.2 = 1920. 240 calories vrs 320 calories. Add exercise to that... say at RMR of 1200 I burned 70 calories walking for 30 minutes; now I burn 100 calories walking for 30 minutes. Everything I do burns more calories the higher my RMR.

4. I am reducing my calories a little about 100 under my RMR. But this has basically stopped my binging. One you are full... you will not desire to binge.

5. I am lifting weights. I purchased a "total gym" and I find that I really like it. I have always been one of those people who felt that exercise DIDN"T make them feel better. But guess what... What if, when your metabolism is suppressed your body says *hey cut it out I have no more energy* and you feel horrible. But when you have appropriate food and blood pressure you finally find yourself feeling good after a work out.

I havne't lost any weight at all. However, I haven't gained. It has been said that lifting weights has you gain about 3 to 8 lbs. So I feel like I can't expect any weight loss for about 8 to 9 months. So I am not looking at the scale until then.
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