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can not eating enough really make you gain weight?


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okay, so that is what I have heard.  Has anyone heard of this or experienced this?
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i've heard of it AND experienced it.

not eating enough makes you lose weight.. at the start. but after awhile your body goes into starvation mode, and trust me.. every little diet mistake you make will cost you. had an extra apple today? you're a pound heavier tomorrow. you see, when you starve your body, it sort of freaks out, therefore it grabs on and holds onto all the fat it can get, actually making you gain weight.

so, just don't start, you'll be sorry. i sure am.

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hahah ME TOO... it sucks

and your body will continue to freak out and you will feel so crappy

do yourself a favor and i wish everyone could just skip over this part of dieting without having to learn it first hand.....but no one really learns it untill it happends to them.. honestly.
Experienced? Yes and I was so mad! 

I was weighing in every 2 weeks with a 8-10 lb weight loss.  At 400+ lbs, it was understandably dropping fast.

I decide I need to fix something that wasnt broken.  At the end of one 2week perioed I tried 500cal for 3 days and normal weight loss.

First 10 days of next 2weeks I continued it but quit the last few days after finding some scary reports online about what that does.  Figured Id just enjoy the onetime big weight loss from it though.

Instead 2weeks, 2lbs lost.  That probably sounds okay but at 400+ lbs I can easily lose 4-5 weekly and that came out to 1 lb a week.  My body must have clung to every calorie I got.  Therefore right in the middle of my weight loss chart is this stopping point that I'll always remember as that 500cal experiment.  At my weight I probably could have lost 1 lb weekly cheating on my diet instead of eating so very little.

Dumb.  Dumb.  Dumb. 

I've seen girls with the same stats as me (height and weight) and they are severly undernourished while I eat atleast 2000 cals a day. Somewhere down the line they have messed up their metabolism and gone into starvation mode. So who's better off...me, the person who eats 2000 cals a day (healthy food, of course) and works out only 1 hour a day or the person (with the same height & weight as me)who eats 200 cals a day and works out 3 hrs a day?

 I'm glad you're searching for answers. It's good to be well informed. Too many people starve for short periods of time, realize they can't do it anymore, go back to eating normal, and then gain back all the weight PLUS more.

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okay, well will eating 1000-1200 calories do this to me?  I'm 5'1, 106 pounds and light to moderatly active depending on the day.  I know that you aren't supposed to go below 1200 but being so small I would think that I could handle fewer calories than the average person.  I want to maintain, possibly lose a couple more pounds.
You don't need to lose more weight. 

But I've never not lost weight eating low calories.  I do get grumpy though.
 That's wasn't what happened for me.    I accomplished losing way more weight then I intended by eating less.  I was never home. Nutrition was 4 chips, half cup of soup and more diet drinks than necessary.  I was running around until I collapsed.  Weighed in at 98.  5'3".  Bones.  Nothing but bones. Not too nice. Especially ribs. They stick out like crazy. I had more than my share of people who hadn't seen me ask if I was sick.  Or, "what happened?"  While they're eating their snickers bar in front of me.  Clothes were impossible.  I had to wear Two pair of pants. I just wasn't fillng out at all.  Bras were totally not needed. There was absolutely no fat at all.  It looked bad.  So I got "up" to 112 and there I stayed ... for awhile. With dance and yoga I looked pretty good.  Real good.  Now, I think my cooking is showing.  I like to cook. I like to eat.  So its back to chips and soup.  Good Luck with everything.  (I think I'll put my laptop on my elliptical some how...I think its forums doing me in!!!)
I did the same. I was 360ish and ate 2500 a day with a little exercise and lost 3-4lb a week for 90lb or so, the got all smart and cut myself down to 1500. Gee, I stopped losing weight. In fact, I kept bouncing up and down between 280-270. I gave up. Ate more! Dropped to 260 in a month. Started 'dieting' again, stopped losing weight. Added a LOT of exercise over the last 6 weeks, not losing weight. Added 1000(back up to 2500) and I seem to be going back down again. I bubbled down to 253 but I am at a settled 257 right now.
I didn't gain when I was eating 600-800 a day, but I sure as HELL didn't lose, either! I lost about 4 pounds in 4 months. SLOWEST LOSS EVER. When I bumped it up to 1000-1400 a day, I gained at first but lost my last ten pounds within around 2 months, or maybe less.

I was really upset this week because I only lost 1.5 lbs and I had restricted myself to around 1000 calories a day and exercised at least an hour each day. Is this why I did not lose much weight? because I only ate around 1000 calories?

I am 5'10 and weigh 158.5 and thought the weight would be coming off quicker than this. I just started 2 weeks ago (just finished my second week)..the first week I lost five pounds (started at 165) and then just stalled. How do I fix this?

 During my "plateau" phase, I would physically leave the house during the hours I would snack the most. I would get the kid, diaper bag, etc and go to large mall. And walk and walk and whatever. Went thru toy store, shoes,etc.  We would be there a good two hours, sometimes three or four days of the week.  I would change the location but the time was the same.  As soon as 2:30 came around I was gone.  Within three to four weeks, I had lost another 5 pounds.  I never really bought anything - for that would turn into another bad habit.  It was just a cheap outing.  My son loved it.  I would come home  too tired to snack.  Start dinner just to get it over with!   Food stopped being the controller.  Now, I find I have begun the mall visits again, during those hungry times.  I have lost three pounds within  the last two weeks.  10 more to go.  maybe 15. good luck everyone.Kiss

When I started this site I was 316 and I dropped the first 35 by June (2 months) just by changing my eating habits and going to the gym 3 or 4 mornings a week.  I am trying to find out what calories I should really be eating a day because the less calories I take in the less weight I lose.  According to this site it says 1350.  Any suggestions would be great....so many myths and tips out there Im struggling with what to do.

Original Post by mmandrew9:

okay, so that is what I have heard.  Has anyone heard of this or experienced this?


It can, but usually it's because if someone eats too little, they will eventually burn out on that little plan, and wind up eating a lot to compensate for how hungry they've made themselves. They'll retain water/be bloated which looks like actual weight gain on the scale, so you'll see those "I gained six pounds in two days!" posts.

If someone crash diets, then goes back to their old ways, of course they're going to gain weight eventually.

Eating less by itself cannot make you gain weight..actually, that's how people lose weight..by eating less/moving more. The successful dieters simply choose a level of intake that allows them to lose weight without sending them into that spiral of being overly hungry/deprived and eating it all back.

 

 

Original Post by r_shell71:

When I started this site I was 316 and I dropped the first 35 by June (2 months) just by changing my eating habits and going to the gym 3 or 4 mornings a week.  I am trying to find out what calories I should really be eating a day because the less calories I take in the less weight I lose.  According to this site it says 1350.  Any suggestions would be great....so many myths and tips out there Im struggling with what to do.

Are you sure about that number? I'm 5'3 and 114 as of today, and that sounds like a calorie amount suggested for someone close to my size.

I'm betting you would lose weight while eating more than that.

 

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So glad I read this. Ok, so I started using an app to see how many calories I should eat a day... I'm 200lbs and am 5'6" and am 14 and so I start using this app and I'm eating 750ish calories a day... I work out 1.5hrs a day and my parents want me to loose weight so they start restricting my calories... If I hadn't had read this... I WOULD'VE GAINED WEIGHT!!! So glad I read this...
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