So for the past several months I've been on a very low calorie diet of less than 800 calories a day, with light cardio (mostly walking) and I lost a TON of weight over the last year+.
I went from over 425lb. down to currently around 207lb.... with the weight loss obviously went a lot of lean mass, too. So now, here I am at a relatively flabby 207-210ish, and wanting to get down to a firm, lean 180lb. I'm 34, and am 5'9"
For the last four days I've been reading a LOT on this forum and other places. I've blasted through a lot of Thibaudeau's articles, and Chad Waterbury's stuff, too (I even got Body of F.I.R.E., thinking that would be a great circuit to kick start what I want to do, only I'm really centered on Thibaudeau's low-carb approach to fat loss).
Annnyway... long story short, the reason I'm posting here is because I'm wondering if anyone can give me any tips, pointers, hints or help set my expectations for what's to come as I reintroduce basically more than double my daily caloric intake for the last several months while I embark on this training program... Am I looking at instant weight gain, or will the exercises and workouts I'll be doing take care of that?
I'm already up about a pound and a half, but that's probably water weight as I've been drinking a lot more water the last couple days, too.
Thanks up front to anyone who takes the time to answer this. I'd just like to have some idea of what to expect. Over the last 15 months I've been totally obsessed with "scale weight" and I get that that's not really what I should be concerned with... but at the same time, old habits are tough to quit.