Barring anything out of the ordinary (and with all the tests you've had, you can rest easy that it's not), it's just a matter of calories in vs. calories out. Dieting pretty much just boils down to that. It's a pain in the butt, but if you really want to adjust your weight, it's hard to beat writing down everything you eat each day, and figuring out how many calories you're consuming daily. You might be surprised how much that fluctuates. When you're busy and stressed, you may eat much less (or much more).
The rule of thumb is this: For every 3,500 calories you eat, that's about a pound of body weight. Say you write down what you're eating (and pay attention to serving sizes, they can be deceptively big or small sometimes!) and find you eat 2,000 kcals/day on average. To stay at the weight you're at, you'd continue to eat that much. Basically, you're body is burning the same number of calories you're eating (caloric balance). To gain a pound a week, you'd add 500 kcals to your diet each day, which would mean 2,500 calories. To lose a pound a week, you'd subtract 500 kcals/day, or 1,500 per day. The other factor is exercise. If you burn more calories, you can lose weight that way. You could add an exercise that burns 200 calories each day, subtract 300 calories from your daily intake, and achieve the same thing.
You shouldn't try to lose or gain weight much faster than 1 pound per week. Especially when you're trying to lose weight, you can easily push your body into catabolism, where you're burning muscle rather than fat, if you try to do it too fast. What you eat matters, too, especially when it comes to whether the weight you're gaining or losing is muscle or fat. But in terms of your total body weight, it's pretty much down to how much you eat.
BM, this REALLY helps and I absolutely appreciate it.
I was actually going to start writing down what I eat and how many calories *even though it would be a pain* just to make sure im getting a sufficient amount everyday!
I've always had a problem with not eating a lot. It happened to me when I was younger *around 10 or so* and especially when I have a cold, flu..etc.. and that in itself makes me lose weight, easily. There will be a few years when Im doing great with food, and then a year or two later I'll start losing weight again because of stress, anxiety, etc..and then I lose my appetite because of it. It sucks. But I don't like seeing myself lose weight all the time for no reason so im going to do some new things and go on a healthy diet and see how it all works out!
Thanks for all the info, buddy!
That musta been a huge log girl!
eww nooo. haha I went to pee!
That's awesome! Good for you. Keep it up!