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I'm hardly eating still not losing weight. Help!


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 I really don't know what more to do. some days I have as little as 236 calories. I don't do formal exercise because I'm so busy at the moment between work and uni but I walk at least an hour a day between getting back and fore uni or work and I work long shifts behind a bar.

I ordered some T5 fat burners off the internet thinking perhaps my metabolism needed a bit of a boost but I'm still not shifting anything. Its really getting me down I don't know what else I can do and I'm scared that if I'm not losing weight on a limited calorie diet returning to normal eating habits is going to make me pile on weight.

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Original Post by bestpiggy:

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1,000 calories a day is still a starvation diet.

Chelle, I don't know what your stats currently are, but from your photos you do not look overweight. In fact, you look great! If you're just trying to lose a few "vanity pounds," you can eat a LOT more than 1,000 calories per day. Add an hour of walking and you might be able to eat 2,000 calories or more a day and still lose weight. As it is, instead of losing weight you might see better results from doing toning exercises or lifting weights. A number on the scale is just a number, you know?

But 236 calories per day is...ridiculous. You are doing so much harm to your body. Please take care of yourself, increase your caloric intake, and use the calculators on here to determine how many calories you need. I bet it's a LOT higher than you think. If you still want to lose a couple pounds (and, again, from your photos it doesn't look like you have any to lose), try cutting 200 calories a day from your diet. The results are slow, but it will be healthy weight loss.

Please stop restricting, though. You only get one body and you have to treat it well.

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Hi - so guess what? You are heading down a very dangerous and unhealthy path.

Your BMI (based on stats from a different post) is already healthy - 21.6.

Your goal of 112 - will leave you UNDERWEIGHT.

You are starving yourself, plain and simple.  And your body is trying it's best to prevent that from happening.

If you were sedentary (which is so not you with all the walking and working on your feet) you would need at least 1670 cals to maintain.You probably need closer to 2000.

Ignore the poster who referenced a minimum of 1000. That's not correct.  A minimum for a small woman who sits around all day is 1200 - not you either. I can't even suggest that you eat below maintenance to lose weight because you are already perfectly healthy - right in the middle, in fact.

Supplements can be dangerous, they aren't regulated - stop taking those.  Start eating.  And if you need to (which sounds distinctly possible), go to campus health and talk to someone about your body image/food issues.

^^What chickey and oxford said.^^  Just to get another agreement in there for you.  You are staving yourself and ruining your health, please eat :(

You're right...your metabolism probably needs a boost. But not because it's slow for some random, unknown reason. It's slow because you're starving yourself. Your body is storing every single calorie you consume as fat because you're not consuming enough nutrients.

You need to eat more. A lot more. You look like you're already at a healthy weight in your picture so I'm assuming you just want to lose a little bit of weight and this is NOT the way to do it. When you're already at a healthy weight it's harder to lose, but you need to eat much more (use the burn meter tool on this site to find out how much) and exercise. Do resistance training and the extra muscle will burn fat.

Original Post by chelle989:

 I really don't know what more to do. some days I have as little as 236 calories. I don't do formal exercise because I'm so busy at the moment between work and uni but I walk at least an hour a day between getting back and fore uni or work and I work long shifts behind a bar.

I ordered some T5 fat burners off the internet thinking perhaps my metabolism needed a bit of a boost but I'm still not shifting anything. Its really getting me down I don't know what else I can do and I'm scared that if I'm not losing weight on a limited calorie diet returning to normal eating habits is going to make me pile on weight.

You metabolism does need a boost.  And the best way to boost it is to eat more.  Yes, you'll gain weight.  It will be the weight of food in your stomach.  This is a good thing.

You are killing yourself.  Period.  Full stop.  End of story.  Sound harsh?  It is.  Because eating 250 calories a day is suicide, plain and simple.  Trying to lose weight until you're unhealthily thin is the same.

Talk to your doctor, or go through your school and get a counsellor.  You need help, and you need it now.  I'm sorry to come off so mean, but I'm frightened for you, I truly am.

Please, please, PLEASE get help.

I'm a certified health coach, and everyone here is right.  You can't lose weight starving yourself.  You will likely lose muscle though and that includes weakening your heart. 

Get your calories up.  I recommend Dr. A's Habits of Health.  This book has great meal plans, great recipes, a list of refueling breaks that are easy to implement in a busy schedule, and tons of information on sleep, getting your activity level up, and so on.  

If you want your metabolism to hum then you must eat every 2-3 hours.  Most of those refueling breaks will be around 100 calories, but then your lunch and dinner will be more.   It's all in the book. 

I had my calories down a lot too and the same thing was happening.  The week I put my calories up I lost.  

:-)

And be careful about perfectionism.  If you have a healthy BMI then I would focus on toning and building muscle.  The inches will come off that way.  

T

chelle, that's terrifying to think you're eating as little as 236 calories! i reached this amount only a few times at the extreme worst of my eating disorder and by this point was sick to the point that i was barely able to walk, prone to collapsing and couldn't even hold a conversation anymore.

it's horrible that you want to go down this road. based on your profile picture you don't need to lose any weight, you look very thin to me! i don't understand why you would eat so little at such a fantastic figure. you know that you will not lose any more weight by eating so little?

in your situation i would aim for a minimum of 2000, and promise me now you will not go below 1500, because you will not lose weight this way, not that you need to in any sense! how about doing some gentle yoga to tone yourself up rather than losing weight that you don't have?

even though i was scarily ill i was never that skinny, because i was eating so little that i physically couldn't lose any more weight. don't you dare copy what so many of us on this site have gone through, it's a disgusting way of life and will be in your mind for so long. it's a difficult recovery so in my opinion you should get your calories back up immediately, it's not a feasible future.

sorry if that sounded harsh, but you had to be told, it's scary!

Original Post by chelle989:

 I really don't know what more to do. some days I have as little as 236 calories. I don't do formal exercise because I'm so busy at the moment between work and uni but I walk at least an hour a day between getting back and fore uni or work and I work long shifts behind a bar.

I ordered some T5 fat burners off the internet thinking perhaps my metabolism needed a bit of a boost but I'm still not shifting anything. Its really getting me down I don't know what else I can do and I'm scared that if I'm not losing weight on a limited calorie diet returning to normal eating habits is going to make me pile on weight.

At this point: the less you eat, the less you will lose. As you decrease your food intake, your body will become more determined to hold a death-grip on whatever you put into it. Your metabolism has ground to a complete halt, and your body is cannibalizing your vital organs to keep itself alive. Don't like it? Sorry, it's basic human science.

Try increasing your caloric intake to at least 1500-1700 per day until your metabolism recovers. And don't even THINK about taking T5 or Zantrex or Hydroxy or any of that **** - it won't make you lose any weight at this point, but it might send you into cardiac arrest. When your metabolism is back up to speed, re-evaluate your stats and see if you actually should lose weight. Yes, you may gain a few pounds back while repairing your metabolism, but most of it will be "water hoarding" due to the physical distress you have put your body through - it's not "real weight" and will drop quickly as soon as you stabilize. If you still want to lose those "vanity pounds", lose them slowly and mind your calorie math (because there's no use for a sickly body).

We are very supportive here, but if you are looking for a place where people will cheer you on for maintaining a starvation diet, you're in the wrong place sweetheart. Please be good to yourself. Best of luck.

There's nothing to add. you've been given great advice. You're starving yourself. You're already healthy and I believe you have an eating disorder or headed down that path. Begin eating 2000 calories a day and work on maintaining your HEALTHY weight while toning your muscles doing resistance training. You don't need to lose weight. Please observe the posting guidelines. 

 

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im just going to put it even more into perspective, in the worst of my anorexia, i only one day ate 400. once, in like 8 months. the rest of the time i never really went below 700. 700 is a stupidly small amount and i made my self ill and put myself in an extremely dangerous and vunerable position. 

theres nothing attractive about being half dead, and on so little food, thats what you are. 

harsh but true im afraid :/ 

you dont need to lose any weight, you shouldnt even want to, you look great as you are. your killing yourself, and i dont understand how you could ever think that 236 calories is okay?

please start putting your health first, instead of carrying on in this horrible direction. its really not worth it.

Original Post by jesskilgannon:
Try increasing your caloric intake to at least 1500-1700 per day until your metabolism recovers. 

1,500-1,700 calories is still a weight loss amount. I agree with everything else you said, but unless the OP literally sits around and does nothing all day (and maybe even then), she needs to eat more than 1,500-1,700 for her body to recover.

Original Post by oxford007:

Original Post by jesskilgannon:
Try increasing your caloric intake to at least 1500-1700 per day until your metabolism recovers. 

1,500-1,700 calories is still a weight loss amount. I agree with everything else you said, but unless the OP literally sits around and does nothing all day (and maybe even then), she needs to eat more than 1,500-1,700 for her body to recover.

I suggested this number because after extended periods of time on such severe restriction, it's not realistic to suddenly start eating 2500-3000 per day. In my experience, that drastic of a change has made me physically sick. Plus, telling someone on a starvation diet that they need to start eating 3000+ RIGHT NOW is a great way to scare someone off and trigger even worse eating habits. 1700 is enough to help set the metabolism on the way to recovery. She will need to eat more in the future, but there's nothing wrong with working her way up to it. Yes, we all understand the science behind eating 3000 to repair oneself. But since restriction is often as much an exercise in control as it is a weight-loss strategy, it's not as simple as just explaining the science.

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