I have a client who is having trouble losing weight. I calculated her calorie needs and increased her calorie intake. She is 69 inches, weighs around 180 pounds. She was only eating 1300 calories a day and I upped it to around 1700 calories a day. That way she would lose about 1 pound per week. Since increasing her calories she as gained weight over the last 2 weeks. Is it normal to see weight gain before seeing the weight go down when increasing calories, since the body isn't used to that amount yet?
It is not at all uncommon to gain weight, especially early in a diet. With a sudden drop in calorie intake, the body can go into a "starvation mode" and try to build fat, anticipating further calorie reductions. I think that you correctly increased her intake to 1700 calories, and that should help with the starvation reaction. It is counter-intuitive, but eating more can mean losing more, too.
Good luck to your client!
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