What I’m wondering David, is are you implying that if I would have tried eating more food I would have lost weight, or that my weight gain was somehow unrelated to my candida?
If so then how do you explain my sudden and rapid weight loss, 8 months into the diet?
If Candida were not in the picture, yes, I suspect you would have lost weight by adding even a few hundred more calories. It would depend on the speed of your metabolism too (age, gender). Generally, the more overweight a person is, the faster weight initially comes off. As you get closer to your target weight, the pounds come off slower. As said too, people mistake initial large drops of weight too for fat when infact it is probably mostly water.
I knew how much a pound of fat was roughly in calories (3500). I also calculated my metabolism roughly. By eating at 2,000 calories daily I was able to lose weight because of my size and fast metabolism. I did not have Candida though.
Your second question I cannot answer as I am not an expert (or even close) on Candida. I have read a lot of books on it, a lot of web sites and forums but I have not seen any connection mentioned between metabolism (rate) and candida. Or more specifically how it affects it. Maybe I missed it somewhere, not sure.
I am taking a wild guess that your metabolic rate improved at some point and allowed you to burn more calories. I just did a google and see the candida seems to be able to affect that in some way, possibly through the thyroid gland. Do not take my guess for gospel, however. By the same token, if the metabolic rate is slowed down, you would burn less calories and therefore might gain weight if you consume the same level of calories.