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Eating 500 calories a day/?? gain muscle?


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Hi --

I have to ask this question here because so many people know there stuff here and I will get some good answers.  I have an acquaintance who insists she has dropped 18 pounds in a month, dropped her body fat percentage from 39.7% to 37.6%, and gained 15 pounds of muscle -- all the while eating only (get this) 500 calories a day -- mostly protein with little fruit. 

I have told her she is full of SH**...but she insists these stats are correct.  She is 5'5, early 30's and well...I might want to mention this...has an eating disorder of binging and purging which obviously cannot support these kind of stats. 

All that I have learned here and researched, I have always read that you cannot build lean muscle while in a severe caloric deficit and ohh...she weight trains for exercise.  Now if I am wrong...I want you all to tell me I am wrong and that it is possible to eat only 500 calories, weight train, burn 2% body fat off your body and gain 15 pounds of muscle in 30 days.  I think she is full of it....I need support for my theory...anyone want to weigh in?

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Your friend needs to go talk to a doctor ASAP. What she's doing is no different than self-medicating with no understanding of how things work. She needs some guidance.

I'd be curious to know how she's measuring her body fat percentage.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

I'd be curious to know how she's measuring her body fat percentage.

^This^.

She's clearly losing weight, as would anyone on such a dangerous, low calorie diet... she's in for a big shock in a few weeks when her metabolism is totally messed up.

Ahhh... the Low calorie diet. I was there once. And was sooo happy to see results, and then within the next 2-3 weeks (holiday eating) I easily gained it back. I lost about 15 pounds, and gained about 5 in the next couple weeks. Kid you not! Its so discouraging. And then the eating disorders settled in. 

 

Honeslty I've learned it the hard way the best way to lose weight is to eat healthy nutrition and get moving! Its so simple and if people just DO IT in stead of trying short cuts like 500 cals a day, they would see better results and healthiness rather than becomming obsessed with their eating habits and trying to keep it all uder 500 or what ever. been there! 

 

Anyways I hope your friend figures out lifestyle and how to adjust it with good excersize and nutrition :) And don't be fooled by her diet, it'll all catch up with her :(

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Thank you for responding...You confirmed what I already knew which was she was not capable of doing what she said.  As a matter of fact, she said she was originally at 39.7% fat at 199 pounds (79 of which was fat, 30.5 of which was muscle, and 89.5 water)...not sure how she got these figures or how they were measured.  30 days later, she claims to weight 181 pounds, 37.6% body fat (68 pounds which is fat, 45.5 pounds that is muscle and 67.5 pounds of water). 

It's frustrating because she us saying the "starvation mode" is BS and she can prove it with her stats above.  Personally, I think she is lying and not only has an eating disorder by has a reality disorder.  Sorry...She is not a friend...like I said an acquaintance who wants to do anything to put mud on my face since like you all here, I have always said you have to eat the right amount of calories, exercise and do this whole thing the right way to have sustainable, healthy weight loss. 

Again, thanks for making me realize that I may not be a nutritionist or a trainer but I do know that 500 calories is just bad --no matter what way you look at it!

Original Post by kellieeb:

Thank you for responding...You confirmed what I already knew which was she was not capable of doing what she said.  As a matter of fact, she said she was originally at 39.7% fat at 199 pounds (79 of which was fat, 30.5 of which was muscle, and 89.5 water)...not sure how she got these figures or how they were measured.  30 days later, she claims to weight 181 pounds, 37.6% body fat (68 pounds which is fat, 45.5 pounds that is muscle and 67.5 pounds of water). 

It's frustrating because she us saying the "starvation mode" is BS and she can prove it with her stats above.  Personally, I think she is lying and not only has an eating disorder by has a reality disorder.  Sorry...She is not a friend...like I said an acquaintance who wants to do anything to put mud on my face since like you all here, I have always said you have to eat the right amount of calories, exercise and do this whole thing the right way to have sustainable, healthy weight loss. 

Again, thanks for making me realize that I may not be a nutritionist or a trainer but I do know that 500 calories is just bad --no matter what way you look at it!

 Well, in anyone not actually emaciated enough to be in true starvation, the mode is mostly bunk, however..while you're sure to lose weight on such low calories, there is no way one can build/increase muscle anywhere close to 15 pounds in 2 weeks..not to mention how hard it is to exercise when you're hungry/dizzy/tired from too few calories.

And if she had gained all that muscle mass..wouldn't she weigh more than when she started, not less? Maybe I missed the math, but if she gained 15 actual muscle pounds..then where is the loss?

 

Yup, she's full of it.  I'm not sure where she's getting her numbers from, but when you gain muscle, you GAIN water weight.  You don't lose it.  Muscle holds water.  If she's eating 500 calories a day, she's losing muscle mass, and if you just take her body fat percentages and ignore the muscle and water numbers, that's pretty evident.  According to her numbers, she's lost 18 pounds, but only 11 pounds of that was fat.  Some of those other 7 pounds is just water weight, but a couple pounds of it is bound to be muscle mass.

I've seen men on here who are eating at a surplus and weight training in order to gain muscle be very happy to gain half a pound of muscle a week.  There's no way a woman eating at a severe calorie deficit gained half a pound of muscle a day.

My best friend is a powerlifter and does a diet similar to this, but it includes refeeds and free days. He has gained muscle and lost fat in 3 weeks fast. This diet is usually only done for training purposes before a meet. It sounds as if she took this diet and changed it to meet her needs of extreme weight loss. The diet consists of eating high levels of protein, low carbs, and cals between 500-800 based on your lean muscle mass. This diet does work, but it isnt really a diet, but a shock to a persons system to shed fat fast before a meet weigh in.

 

 

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