After reading the teen calorie post and seeing numerous posts of "500-1000 per day," I am just wondering how people physically feel doing this day after day! I have, unfortunately, found myself on trips with minimal access to food I like/eat, and have eaten about 600-800 per day for about 1.5 weeks ( I am referring to one particular instance this past summer) but when I got back home I was famished, gained back the stunning amount of weight I had lost, and realized how exhausted I had been running on such little fuel!
I am not advocating eating this little or anything, and I am also not trying to sound hostile, I am honestly just curious about how people end up doing this (as really if one eats with other people this just isn't the social norm) and how people feel if this is a standard consumption.
Your not really satisfied when you're eating that much...
Maybe on some days you don't need to eat as much, but generally speaking if you're not getting all the calories your body needs then you'll be hungrier, think about and fantasize about food more, be more slow, and far more prone to binge eating...
Research has shown that levels of hunger-inducing hormones exist v. highly in people who aren't eating enough they just overcome it with sheer will power.
yup, willpower is what its about. its not THAT hard tho...you just have to find the low calorie foods that satisfy you.
i mean, one bag of chex mix is 250 calories, but a nice apple would only be 80.
Revolution3- thanks! That makes me feel better, especially because we seem to have similar histories.
rthornethoms08-i guess that makes sense. Do you eat meals regularly with family and friends? Because I think in large part that's what keeps me from restricting heavily.
justme17- i live at a prep school, so eating and being in the dining hall is a really social thing....i couldnt get away from eating if i wanted to!
and i dont want to, i just want to reach my goal and then maintain. the problem comes because its sooo easy to have 1500 calories in one meal, let alone the whole day...there's a reason why everyone gains the "freshman 15" when they come to my school.....
And Revolution3- I feel like we really have a lot in common! Would you be interested in sharing your stats? (If not, no pressure!!)
haha! sure justme. my stats are just about everywhere on this site ><
highest weight: 150
current weight: 95-100
I'm maintaining this on 1200 net a day [I exercise about 4-5 times a week, burning 300 each time] and am looking to bump that up to as HIGH as possible. I love food :D
It was sick. I was sick. But oddly enough, because of the illness I felt satisfied. I did chew a LOT of gum and drink a lot of water to help me feel full ... I know for a fact I couldn't eat like that now. Food and I now have a very close relationship! *smiles*
Some people just undereat and their brain tells them thats enough and they keep going. i did the same too, and didnt feel taht tired but got real sick. I struggled to eat 1500, but now i can easily HEALTHILY eat 2200 (which i need!) without going over fat counts etc. cos you just learn to have differnt foods. Instead of having a big salad, you have sweet potatoes. I used to be satisfied with half sandwhiches - 1 piece of bread, some tuna, salad, and a BIG side salad Would have been maybe 200 cals. that was after a 150 cal breakfast and exercising. I was dumb
I have done this to myself, kind of on accident (was backpacking in Central America). After a while you brain just kinda gets numb to the feeling. Kind of like how you can't smell your own breath.
I made myself sick and fell into a slight depression. On a ridiculously low cal diet, you simply don't have the energy for your mind to function properly let alone your body.
Second, I am not advocating that anyone eat under 1000 or even under 1200 cals, but I cannot imagine someone NOT losing on a 1000 calorie diet. Its not possible. Unless you are bedridden maybe....
was eating 700-1000 a day. Oly realized that when I got here. I had spaced out meals and my breaksfast and lunch were light. Well, still is, since I'm working on getting myself back to a healthy intake.
It was the light breakfast, light lunch and heavier dinner, with lots of decaf tea inbetween that did it. Stupid diet book. It really isn't healthy and left me tired by the evening. I'm working my way up now. Last 2 days, been getting up to 1150. Aiming to be up to 1400 in a few weeks.
It's good to hear that the body doesn't hit starvation mode that easily, hoping that's true, because I'll hate to gain back all that weight I lost. I'm finally at the weight my mom wants me to be and I don't want that to change.
Getting to that stage is not advised, and you can see the fears that follow it. I would had stayed to the low cals all my life without realizing I was endangering myself.
As my dad said, it was like Yom Kipur every day for me. I kept an eye on the clock for when I could eat. 4 hour wait after breakfast and then a 5 hour wait after lunch. Yep, will power. So glad I'm adding snacks between lunch and dinner. a yummy fruit really helps along the way and also on increasing those calorie intake I need. Slowly but surely, getting out of the danger zone.
I totally ID with revolution on the way of maintaining low cal. meals, I work out about 5-6 days/wk, doing cardio that will help me burn about 200-300 per session and try to eat at the most 1000 cal/day, and still don't see any results.
I will totally appreciate any coment.
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