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Eating under 1000 calories


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I know its not healthy, and Im not saying Im going to try it but has anyone lost weight by eating under 1000 calories per day, like maybe eatin between 500-800? I know people say there is such a thing as starvation mode, but I heard that it takes a long while for this to actually kick in. I am doing good on my own healthy eating plan , but im just curious about the 500-800 calories a day.

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I was sticking to certain foods every meal/snack and ended up logging only around 1000 cals. At first I lost and then stopped losing. I upped my calories to around 1300 and started losing again. I'm a believer now. Smile

I'm sure after the initial stall from starvation mode, you would lose weight. You'd waste away.

There's a medical term for eating 500-800 calories a day. It's anorexia.

 

ya i know about anorexia, but i read that Oprah one to went on a 500 calorie supervised diet and lost alot of weight so I was just wondering if it actually does work.....

Why yes, I did, and then I was shipped off to a mental hospital for 2 months and confined to a bed with a tube down my nose. Worked great.

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Original Post by amv703:

ya i know about anorexia, but i read that Oprah one to went on a 500 calorie supervised diet and lost alot of weight so I was just wondering if it actually does work.....

 The keyword is "supervised." Morbidly obese people for whom rapid weight loss is a matter of life or death are admitted to hospital and put on a very low calorie diet (VLCD) for no longer than a week. They are carefully monitored and educated on healthy eating and weight loss while they stay in the hospital, and after their VLCD, they are put on a weight loss plan which results in a 1-2 lbs weekly loss.

VLCDs work with the morbidly obese because these people generally require anywhere between 3000-5000 calories to maintain their weight of 300 lbs or so. That's why they can lose so much on a VLCD.

The thing to keep in mind is that VLCDs are *emergency solutions* for extreme situations. Not for the average dieter, and definitely not for someone who doesn't have a team of doctors monitoring her.

eating too little always backfires. You can't eat 500-800 calories the rest of life. Once you return to eating properly, you body will cling to those extra calories-stalling weight loss. Eat at least 1250.

You will also have more success loosing weight.

only when i was recently sick. i wasn't hungry and didn't feel like eating really so i logged my food and came out to around 1000 calories. it was only for a few days and i wasn't starving myself cuz i just wasn't hungry. i lost a couple pounds though!  considering i've been eating at or around my bmr for a few months now and not lost anything i don't know if i really buy all this eat more to lose more business.  i wouldn't continue to eat around 1000 calories though since i'd be hungry if i wasn't sick.

Original Post by amv703:

ya i know about anorexia, but i read that Oprah one to went on a 500 calorie supervised diet and lost alot of weight so I was just wondering if it actually does work.....

 Did Oprah keep off the weight she lost from this? And will you have the same supervision that she had? The dietician to make sure you are still getting enough nutrients, etc? Are you morbidly obese, so that it is worth the risk of a very low calorie diet, because the very real alternative is, as the term "morbidly obese" would imply, death?

While under the supervision of a doctor (met every monday) I was on a 800 calories diet (proteins) for 8 weeks and I did lose weight (from 138 to 125) My friend did the partial fast (with proteins) which was about 500 calories a day and she lost about 20 lbs for the same period of time. BUT, right after the diet, we both went on vacations, I put on 5 lbs in 2 weeks and her 10 in 3 weeks!!!

During the first week of the diet, I would be very tired, my head would hurt so much that I coud barely work in the afternoon. One morning, I even went for a jog and thought I was going to faint. After my vacations, I went back on a 1000 calories a day diet (with the same stupid doctor) and it took me more than 5 months to lose that 5 pounds gained back during my vacation. I was very unhealthy, my hair looked like hay and I had NO ENERGY whatsoever! I stopped the diet in January 2008. Since february 20th 2008, I'm eating around 1500 calories (I upped them up gradually) and lost 7 lbs! My energy level is up, my hair looks good again and I don't have migraines anymore... I even saw the same doctor in march (she is not supervising diets anymore) and she told me that she stopped b/c these diets we're not working, it was all a scam to make money. Even for obese people, it's not a solution, since all you want to do after reaching your goal is stuff your face (from all the deprivation).

For my part, I would never put my health at stake anymore!

 

 

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Hhahaha...hello all....the whole Oprah Medifast liquid only diet....notice she has never ever been that thin again....

That shoudl tell you something about the healthiness of that one.

 

Too bad there isnt a trick or pill that will jsut make it all go away...and fast.  This has got to be a work FOR LIFE in progress...just look at Oprah. Life Work in progress....

Yes people lose weight on 1000 or less calories....One of the big problems with this is that you tend to lose muscle. Because of health issues I have to eat around 1000 - 800 calories a day to lose weight. You have to work with a nutritionist and dr and get blood drawn often and watch all your nutrients to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. My skin and hair have no issues I still have the same amount of energy I have alway's had But the big thing is it has to be Dr. Supervised!

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Hhahaha...hello all....the whole Oprah Medifast liquid only diet....notice she has never ever been that thin again....

That shoudl tell you something about the healthiness of that one.

 

Too bad there isnt a trick or pill that will jsut make it all go away...and fast.  This has got to be a work FOR LIFE in progress...just look at Oprah. Life Work in progress....

 I don't know, I kind of like losing weight this way. It makes me feel like I've earned every pound lost! Smile

Oprah's done lots of things to try and lose weight that aren't really a good idea if you want to be healthy... she's one of the greatest crash-dieters on the planet, and a pretty good demonstration of why they don't work! Just because somebody famous has done something, that doesn't make it sensible, advisible, or even safe.

*Raises hand*

Ooh ooh, me me!

I lost 10 lbs eating ~800 calories a day and exercising 1.5-2 hours a day! Smile

I gained the weight back once I started eating normally. Frown

Then I had to get my gallbladder taken out because it stopped functioning as a result of the diet. Cry

Please know that Calorie Count cannot and will not support you eating less than 1200 calories a day. We consider this unhealthy and CC is all about HEALTHY weight loss or weight maintenance.

From Mary Hartley, Calorie Count's Director of Nutrition: "By eating only 800 calories, you will not get enough energy, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other components of food. In time, you could become malnourished, which can cause severe health risks such as respiratory infections, kidney failure, blindness, heart attack and even death."

Here is a brief reason why never less than 1200 from the Advice section of Calorie Count Plus, under the Q&A tab:

Why must I eat at least 1,200 calories a day when I want to eat less?

In order to get the daily food servings you need for a balanced diet, it takes about 1200 calories a day. With careful planning, you could have a balanced diet on 1000 calories, but the restrictiveness of a very low calorie level can lead to binging and weight cycling, which will take you further from your weight loss goal. What's more, very low calorie diets can cause excessive muscle breakdown and metabolic adaptations, which can drive down your calorie requirements. In the end, you'll need fewer calories to maintain a higher weight

Your body needs at least 1200 calories per day to survive.

Here is a very rough scientific break down provided by a dietician for a 5' 2", 19 year old female weighing approximately 100 pounds, sitting around all day and doing nothing:

-The heart needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The kidney needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The Liver needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The brain needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The skeletal muscle needs 30% of the calories (360 cals)

im not supportn your request for an answer here coz i think you wouldn be askn if you weren thinkn a doin it.

No i am not thinking about doing it i have already lost 12 pounds on my own eating healthy i was wondering cause I read the article about Oprah and fasting and was just curious, casue it seemed to contradict what people always say about this so called "starvation mode"

My theory on this is, if I can lose weight eating normally, why would I want to hurt myself by eating 500 calories per day? It's just pointless and unnecessary, even if it is possible.

About 20 years ago I went to a diet center that put me on a 500 calorie a day diet. They guaranteed a 3 pound per week weight loss. I did lose 24 pounds in 8 weeks. I also became bulimic- secretly eating food that I was barffing up later. I had never had those kind of food issues before and feel that being on such a low calorie diet created my binge-purge behavior.

Luckily, I realized that I was doing something foolish and dangerous in order to maintain my diet, quit the weight loss program and began to eat more normally. I did continue to lose weight, mostly because I significantly increased my exercise. It wasn't something I could spend the rest of my life doing. Marriage, two kids, menopause and life in general all conspired to help the weight creep back on and then some. It did take me 20 years to get to where I was, but since I don't want to be on a "diet"all my life, I want to get it right this time.

Since trying to lose weight this go-around, I've been eating a healthy 1600 calories a day, working out well but not excessively, and have lost 33 pounds in 15 weeks. Much better and I know I can live with the changes I've made.

This thread is being locked as Calorie Count does not, cannot and will not support  eating less than 1200 calories a day.

We consider this unhealthy and CC is all about HEALTHY weight loss or weight maintenance.

The thread is being locked rather than deleted because of some helpful and educational responses.

Here is the information again on why you should eat 1200 calories a day:

From Mary Hartley, Calorie Count's Director of Nutrition: "By eating only 800 calories, you will not get enough energy, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other components of food. In time, you could become malnourished, which can cause severe health risks such as respiratory infections, kidney failure, blindness, heart attack and even death."

Here is a brief reason why never less than 1200 from the Advice section of Calorie Count Plus, under the Q&A tab:

Why must I eat at least 1,200 calories a day when I want to eat less?

In order to get the daily food servings you need for a balanced diet, it takes about 1200 calories a day. With careful planning, you could have a balanced diet on 1000 calories, but the restrictiveness of a very low calorie level can lead to binging and weight cycling, which will take you further from your weight loss goal. What's more, very low calorie diets can cause excessive muscle breakdown and metabolic adaptations, which can drive down your calorie requirements. In the end, you'll need fewer calories to maintain a higher weight

Your body needs at least 1200 calories per day to survive.

Here is a very rough scientific break down provided by a dietician for a 5' 2", 19 year old female weighing approximately 100 pounds,

-The heart needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The kidney needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The Liver needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The brain needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The skeletal muscle needs 30% of the calories (360 cals)
sitting around all day and doing nothing:

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