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Starvation Mode?

Has anyone ever felt they weren't losing weight because they ate less than the recommended 1,200 calories a day? Personally, I think it's a bunch of crap but what do I know! If I eat really healthy foods, I can go on 800 calories without feeling hungry. Maybe I just have a slow metabolism? I don't know. What are your thoughts/experiences with losing weight on a low calorie diet?

Wed. Apr 30, 1:31pm

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All the calculators say I should be eating around 1500 cal a day and I've been eating about 1200 and not losing weight so I don't know.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 1:34 PM

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There was another thread about this topic a while ago that I thought was interesting. Just thought I would share in case anyone wanted to read it.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 1:42 PM

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I'm the OP of the other "starvation mode" thread...

so on the one hand (from the other thread) - I'd say that starvation mode - going below 800 and your weight loss stoping is a myth because the reality is that you WILL continue to lose weight, but at a slightly lower rate...HOWEVER

-going below 800 is almost unsustainable I tried 1100 w/ heavy workouts for a while as a guy which is probably the same as 800 for a girl and I ended up being weak, not myself, losing muscle, not being focused at work, and even semi- binging a few times. Just not worth it...

but if someone drops below 800 your argument of why they are being stupid are more along the lines of what happend to me above rather than "you won't lose weight 'cause of 'starvation mode'" - becasue that is just not accurate in the strict sense. It isn't your metabolism slowing down that you should be worried about at that point - it is the many OTHER reasons that that is an unhelpful and unhealthful approach.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 3:26 PM

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oh please dont start this thread again. the last one got realy nasty. people were geting really hurtful with their comments

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 8:02 PM

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Why make yourself miserable

I think if you can lose on 1200-1500, why not? It seems like something that you can do eating really healthy with occasional splurges and still meet your goal , while developing long term changes for a healthier lifestyle. I have been doing this and losing while no longer wanting to completely throw in the towel and losing control completely. I have mini breaks which are not usually enough to gain back more than , say 1 lb.
Good luck to everyone on the board

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 8:07 PM

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I'm a woman who can and has gone for weeks at a time with eating one meal a day. Not on purpose, but just by virtue of being busy. I can easily forget to eat.

However, I've never lost weight when I do that.

I konw many here will disagree, but when things like stress, lack of sleep, and hormones affect weight, that means the applied theory of calorie in, calorie out doesn't always work.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 8:18 PM

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Of course, with the American diet, you can easily get one day's worth of calories in a single meal! ;)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 11:19 PM

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How much do people eat after they do gastric bypass? It's a pretty low amount, isn't it? And they drop weight like crazy. As a general rule it's probably not a good idea, but the way people talk you'd think we start packing on the pounds the moment we go 3 hours without eating or dip under 1200 calories for the day. Look at our society - I don't think undereating is our issue :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 11:33 PM

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"I konw many here will disagree, but when things like stress, lack of sleep, and hormones affect weight, that means the applied theory of calorie in, calorie out doesn't always work. "

I definitely agree.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 12:19 PM

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not scientifically possible...

"starvation mode" = a SLOWING of the metabolism below 800 calories a day, not a stoppage of the metabolism
I have yet to hear anyone on PT state that they ate (for example) 750 calories a day for an exteneded period and did not lose weight.
People dance around and give their theory, but no one would gain or even stay steady for long on that. That is like ONE McDonalds cheeseburger happymeal (with a medium coke) per day. fugettaboutit.

The BMR for a 4'1" 100 pound female who lies in bed all day would be 1202.8 calories so there is just no way. closed kids - move on.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 1:57 PM

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