Christmas 2008 I was 223 lbs and it was mostly fat. I've been eating under maint. calories since to drop weight (started at about 2500 calorie intake and that slowly dwindled down to the 1900 I'm taking in now). I'm down to 178-179 currently. I had been doing Starting Strength and then switched to a 5x5 program for lifting.
What would be the best way to increase my calories in order to get my metabolism/hormones back into shape? I'm thinking like +100 calories per week until I start to see the scale heading in the upwards direction? Is that slow enough?
Additionally, once I get to that point, roughly how long would I need to keep my calories at that level to "fully restore" my hormones/metabolism before I could begin cutting again?
As a side note, my diet started off pretty crappy, but has been getting better. I'm currently trying to hit 160-180 grams protein and get in my good fats. I typically had 1 cheat meal a week as well in hopes of keeping my metabolism up and helping satisfy cravings.