First of all, I realized that bumping calories up by 700 isn't as scary as it seems - and I am so happy I did it. It was tough for me, at first, to get over the mentality that I might "gain" a little, but once I conquered that notion and understood it would primarily be water, I believe I became stronger.
It's so important not to get addicted to cutting calories, you always want to make sure you are taking a healthy approach to weight management, and I believe that bringing myself back to maintenance helped, not only to propel me closer to my goals, but to prevent me from becoming unhealthy in the long run (weight loss addiction).
With that said, let me say that I have only gained 3lbs so far. And yet, I've had tons of people come up to me and say, "wow, I can't believe how much weight you've lost since 2 weeks ago!". I find this so funny - if only they knew I was eating close to 2200 calories every day.
I, personally, feel a little bloated and "soft", but I am excited to see how my body responds when I slowly begin cutting back again in 1 week.
In case you are thinking about re-visiting maintenance in the near future, here is a list of the things I have noticed. You may or may not experience the same things, but I figured I would forewarn you :)
- Water retention
- Carb cravings
- Weaker workouts (I don't think others usually get this, but I sure did!)