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    lol yea i did! i got way more than i thought i would

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    I dont' buy it either. I eat 400-600 cals a day and no more than 10 grams of fat and I lose. if I am at a stand still I will eat like crap for a weekend and then come Monday morning, I can weigh and will have lost weight again. I admit that this is not the way to do it- but it works, and for now at least, I am ok with it.


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    Libby did you get enough info? LOL


    I just think the word "starvation" is an over exaggeration. ::: shrug :::
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    I believe that starvation mode is simply when your body is not getting the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function. When your hungry your body is not craving the act of eating instead it's the nourishment that it recieves from the food we eat that your body is craving. This is evident in fasting and detoxing. People lose a tremendous amount of weight while fasting (speaking from experience). During a fast even though you are not eating, your are providing your with the nutrients in the form of juices and supplements it needs to keep functioning.

    So in a nutshell, just because you are not eating 3 square meals a day, does not mean that your body will go into starvation mode. It's when your body does not get what it needs from the food you that causes starvation and malnourishment.




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    I think Goth raises an excellent point that the body can maintain on a fasting plan as long as proper water is there to maintain function. But the reference cited even says once fat stores are depleted the body turns to protein, and that's when it gets dangerous, because protein comes from organs, lean muscle, etc.

    I know that literally reducing my calories is how I lost the weight last time. I will say that regaining it had nothing to do with stress and everything to do with not keeping my metabolism ramped up. I wasn't eating small meals, I was skipping breakfast again. I was eating super healthy but not throughout the day. I also wasn't working out regularly to help burn off excess calories in a day.

    The problem with starving yourself to lose weight is that it will come back very easily. Since I lost the 110 pounds , my first year I was really strict w/ myself and lived on my own, so I only gained back 2-3 pounds. The second year I moved in with BF, I gained back another 9 pounds from having someone around who was also eating whenever they were hungry. The third year after my diet, I worked out with a trainer and lost 7 but then later that year gained back 8. The 4th year I gained I think 11, and then the last 6 months I put on another 12 which is when I realized the cycle needed to stop!

    The weight went on easier and easier the fewer meals I ate and the less exercise I got (all slowing my metabolism) if I don't want to be fat4life, but thin4good, I need to constantly push my metabolism.
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    I agree with mapgirl. I think that if you arent consuming enough calories that contain all of the proper nutrients, than your body will go into "starvation" mode .
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    Quote Originally Posted by momkat View Post

    Doing extremely low carb diets can produce fast weight loss but most of that is from lean muscle which is bad for your body and also means you'll burn less calories. The body needs (a basic, general amount) at least I think 100g carbs per day for it's normal involuntary functions / basal metabolic rate.

    I also am trying to find that happy medium of how much to eat to lose but not slow my metabolism.
    Some people do need that amount of carbs... but some people that are metabolically resistant, those with insulin resistance and PCOS can't have that many and lose weight (I would gain WAY too much weight at that amount). I have all 3 and my GYN, family doctor, nutritionist and bariatric doctor have all advised against carbs because my body doesn't process them the way a normal persons body does. That being said, I eat a healthy balance of lean protein, veggies, fruit and a small amount of whole grains. I just have to stay under 50g of carbs a day in order to lose. But I agree that the diets like Atkins, etc are dangerous in the long run, primarily because of the amount of fat that is encouraged...
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    I don't believe the hype. There's a difference between 'starvation mode' and starving yourself. People can go into 'starvation mode' without actually starving themselves. 'Starvation Mode' just means that you eat less calories than what is recommended, but you're still eating. Starving yourself...you don't eat at all(like an anorexic).

    Taken from the NetWellness Website on Fasting and Starvation Mode:

    People who practice 'fasting' on a regular basis, such as those adhering to caloric restricted diets, can prime their bodies to abstain from food without burning lean tissue.

    As long as water is available, a normal weight person can fast for one month maintaining relatively normal system and immune function. Once the fat stores are exhausted though, protein is used, leading to death.


    I've been in 'anorexic' mode/'starvation' mode and lost 50lbs...I also gained it back. Not because of food, but because of extreme stress.
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    I believe in the stravation mode, but not too drasically. I do think that it will slow down your metabolism because, as we all know, eating more small meals throughout the day will increase your metabolism. Therefore if you do the opposite of that, then you metabolism will slow down. Our metabolism needs fuel to pump/move/work. When you take it's fuel (healthy food) away, it will naturally slow down. Now with knowing this and knowing that our metabolism plays a big part in weight loss, then I feel that the "starvation mode" will negativly effect one's weight loss. I don't think it will stop your weight loss, but it will REALLY REALLY slow it down.

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    Anorexic people do not start off by constantly lossing weight. They do hit a plateau. Although, they have such a distorted body image that they continue to eat nothing or very little food with minimal calories over a long period of time. Once the body is depleted of its fat resources (which can take a while) then it will break down muscle for food to support vital bodily functions. One very important reason that you do not want your body in starvation mode for extended periods of time is because it can and will damage your vital organs such as your heart, brain, etc. In addition, you can not starve your body for the rest of your life. Unless you want a short life. At some point you are going to eat again and when you do you need to have changed your eating habits if you want to continue to lose weight, maintain your weight, and/or not gain everything back. Like they always say "its a lifestyle change". Furthermore, several studies have indicated that the more times you try an extreme diet the more resistant your body will be the next time when you try to lose weight. Maybe you've heard this line before: "I've tried every diet out there." or "I was able to lose 20 pounds but then I gained it all back and then some."

    Speaking from experience on this specific issue, I believe it is more advantageous to your health and life long weight loss to learn proper eating habits. Such as eating every few hours, small portion sizes, and clean eating. Honestly, fueling your body with the proper foods feels a heck of a lot better than practically passing out or having a chest pains because you haven't eaten in a week.

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    Yes, if your body doesn't get what it needs (AND IT'S FAVORITE AND MOST READILY SOURCE OF ENERGY IS CARBOHYDRATE) it will get what it needs from lean muscle, which is bad. Also lean muscle uses more calories than fat, too bad you lose it first when you're not eating enough/right. Let me stress that this happens when you don't get enough, not just when you eat less. The basic guideline for women is to not go under 1200cal/day.

    When you regularly don't give your body enough, your metabolism does slow, to adjust for the perceived threat. It doesn't just 'stop', but slows down so that it can survive as long as possible, even if it's not in a healthy way.

    From what I've read and learned it's not that way forever. You can get healthy and eat the right things and exercise and raise your metabolism again, but obviously, yes, with age, we can't get it to where we were when we were, say, 19.

    Doing extremely low carb diets can produce fast weight loss but most of that is from lean muscle which is bad for your body and also means you'll burn less calories. The body needs (a basic, general amount) at least I think 100g carbs per day for it's normal involuntary functions / basal metabolic rate.

    I also am trying to find that happy medium of how much to eat to lose but not slow my metabolism.
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    Starvation mode do exist and is true. If you do not eat, your body will shut itself down and hold on to everything it has. If you keep starving yourself, like an anorexic, the the body will start to take enery from itself, it will start off by getting it from the fat cells. Yes, you will lose weight at this point, but is it healthy? When your body feels that it has taken enough fat cells, it will start on your muscles. So yes, starvation mode is real, and it will happen if you starve yourself and won't give your body the energy that it needs to fulfill your daily work.

    This is why people tell you to eat 5 small meals throughout the day, to keep your metabolism up and running.
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    I don't think it's necessarily "starvation" mode. For me, I know that now that I'm older, my metabolism is gone, kaput, vanished so if I DON'T eat, I won't lose weight. I have tested this theory and I have actually gained weight at times. The ONLY way I can lose weight or rev my metabolism is by eating and do a lot of cardio & strength training. For those that have a healthy metabolism, I'm sure they do better with it. I eat when I'm hungry, and even if I'm not, I have a 100 cal protein shake just to keep my metabo going, and the return I get is energy, otherwise, I'd be a zombie all day. Now, "starvation mode" doesn't mean not eating, and there is damage that can be done to your body by not getting enough calories for your body to thrive, for any amount of time. I know when I'm sick, I barely eat and I don't have a heart attack, but the people that do it on a consistent basis do have risks, just like anorexics have serious risks. Also, I have seen people do it and I have done it myself, and that weight lost during severely restricting calories or not eating, comes back REAL quick just like with any drastic weight loss. Plus, you do have to be careful not to lose lean muscle when you drastically reduce calories.

    Here are a few interesting viewpoints:

    http://www.calorie-count.com/forums/post/28742.html

    http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk...starvation.htm

    http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/48067.htm
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    I'm with Rhonda. And I think that even if your body does go into starvation mode, eventually it is going to adjust itself to it's new lifestyle.
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    I am one that believes that your body can go into starvation mode. Heck I lived it for a couple of years. I would only eat 1 meal a day and didn't lose anything. It used to work when I was in college, but for some reason once I hit my 30s it wouldn't work. Also I was told that because I used to do this that my metabolism is super slow. I'm not sure if the body hangs onto those calories or if it just makes your metabolism slow or what. But I do know that you have to have food going in every 3 to 4 hours. Now when you are speaking of anorexia I think that is different. But the body eventually starts to eat itself (the muscle).


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    I believe that while not eating at all or very very few calories may SLOW your metabolism I don't believe that it will stop weight loss completely. How do anorexic people become so underweight? They don't eat, plain and simple. It is terrible to loose weight by simply NOT eating because you will loose muscle also. But as far as it stoping weight loss I don't buy it.
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    Exclamation Starvation Mode

    So, I know some believe in that your body will go into starvation mode, and others dont. Which do you believe and why? I want to get some more info/insight on how others feel about this


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