I restricted calories to an average of about 600 a day for a few months and as a result lost about 10 pounds, putting me at a level that was too low for health. My nutritionist put me on a plan where we increased calories about every week (though stalled for a few), we started at 900 and are now at 1300. I have now, after about 2 months, put all of the weight back on and then some. At first it was very gradual but then it was very sudden. Though there were a few days I binged and probably ate a little over 2000 calories, I don't understand how I am continuing to gain so much weight, when the nutritionist says I should be eating 1500 a day to be normal...if that's the case how did I gain any weight at all, other than just water? I'm just so afraid that it won't stop and that the nutritionist is wrong, and I really should be eating closer to 900 calories/day, not 1300. (I'm only 4'11).
I hate the way I look now and the thought of continuing to gain fat is incredibly anxiety-producing and just makes me want to go back to eating as little as I can. But I don't want to screw up my metabolism. I just don't know if I should keep eating when I'm not hungry, or if maybe 900 calories a day really is reasonable and won't ruin my body/metabolism. Any ideas?