why do you have to limit yourself to 1000 calories? What is your age, height, gender, current weight, and goal weight?
My advice is to not lower your calorie intake below what would be necessary to maintain your goal weight. It doesn't have anything to do with the starvation mode, I just believe goes against common sense to deprive your body of the nutrition it could be having, or to train your body to live on less calories than would be necessary to maintain your goal weight?
Eating under 1000 calories on a consistent basis, at your age, probably made your body fall into starvation mode or survival mode. Being in this mode, when you up your calories even slightly, and with them still being under maintenance, your body, while trying to get healthy, will put on some weight. This is temporary and normal.
I would look at eating a healthy MAINTENANCE level of calories and be active and exercise.
Calorie counting to lose weight does not seem like the right solution in your case.
what happens when you reach your goal weight? you will not be able to eat more because your body will be used to getting way too little calories and your metabolism will be shot. i suggest upping it slowly until you reach at least 1400... yes, there may be some initial gain but it will come off soon enough and it will be worth it in the long run, which is what this is all about. :)
i'm not saying this in a judgemental way, i'm saying it as a 5'3" person whose weight fluctuates around 110-112. i can eat 1600 and not gain and i feel much better for it. if you're 'scared' of food perhaps something deeper is going on.
I know that this is over a year later, but I'm a vegetarian and trying the South Beach, and I found that I had to modify it.
Most vegetables have carbs in them, so once more, that is unavoidable, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't work.
In phase one: I allow myself 1-2 pieces of fruit MAX per day, and that's it.
- Variety is the spice of life and so far, that has been a real lifesaver. The diet really pushes you to think outside of your normal foods. I use a lot of eggplant, beans, spaghetti squash, eggs, dairy, tofu, soy, all vegetables.
- I would suggest to look through some of the South Beach Diet Books and I've found some inspiration for some dishes in there.
I have a hypothyroid, and I understand what it is like to work twice as hard to lose some weight, but I do like the advice that I've gotten here so far.