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Weight loss on 1000 calories per day? Of course!


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Hi, all-

I see comments all the time telling people that they're not losing weight because they're eating too little!  This is ridiculous.  If that were true, people in famine ridden African and monsoon victims in Myanmar would be "holding on to fat", too and not looking like emaciated skeletons.  If you can't lose weight on "1000 calories", chances are you're not really having 1000 calories per day.  You're either not counting properly or cheating more ofter than "being good."

Sorry to sound off here, but I've been counting calories since I was 12 years old and I just turned 43.  It might not be healthy, but if you eat 1000 calories/day, you will definitely lose weight.

 

Edited May 30 2008 15:29 by iae
Reason: Promotion of starvation diets or habits that exhibit signs of an eating disorder ("pro-ana", "pro-mia", etc.) is prohibited.
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Why do you believe that 1,000 calories per day isn't healthy? 

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I said it might not be healthy.  It depends on the person, of course.  

OP- your theory is true, however by mainiaining a healthy deficit of 5-800 Kcals per day, you can lose weight, not feel starved all the time, eat a nutritionally balanced diet with all the micro and macro nutrients that the body needs, and (bonus this one....) keep your body and metabolism healthy.

Eventually, famine victims lose weight and starve to death, as do anorexics, but the body does everything possible to slow that process down, making weight loss at 1000kcals inefficient, because the deficit is too high, and the hypothallamus down-regulates metabolism.

Oh and dude - I've lost 20+lbs in the last few months by eating 1500-1800.

yeah but u probably where working out while i was watching Discovery chanel

been enjoying my life dude

Original Post by aoifek:

OP- your theory is true, however by mainiaining a healthy deficit of 5-800 Kcals per day, you can lose weight, not feel starved all the time, eat a nutritionally balanced diet with all the micro and macro nutrients that the body needs, and (bonus this one....) keep your body and metabolism healthy.

Eventually, famine victims lose weight and starve to death, as do anorexics, but the body does everything possible to slow that process down, making weight loss at 1000kcals inefficient, because the deficit is too high, and the hypothallamus down-regulates metabolism.

Oh and dude - I've lost 20+lbs in the last few months by eating 1500-1800.

Exactly. And, when you reach your goal weight, you can actually eat a non-restricted amount, because your metabolism won't have slowed much. (And for the record, famine victims aren't eating 1000 - they are eating a lot less than that. And the body responds different to not enough vs nothing.)

I don't mean this to sound rude, but I'm not going to take dieting advice from people who proclaim themselves anorexic or have been on a diet since they were 12.

I'm sure some people under-report their calories.  But not every person who's eating 1000 calories or less and not losing is under-reporting. 

Last year I was on a sub-1000 calorie diet for a month.  Guess how much I lost?  4 pounds, in the whole month (and, at 195, I had weight available to lose).  I lost 4 pounds THIS WEEK on a ~1500 calorie a day diet.  I'm still the same person, calculating calories the same way.  So yeah, some people under-report, but some people have metabolisms that are different from yours.  YOU lose weight at 1000 calories a day.  Others don't.  Don't assume those people are self-deluded or liars.   

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Amethyst, to be clear, I said I had been counting calories since I was 12.  not on a diet.  If I have a 500 calorie plate of french fries, I'm simply aware of what I've eaten.  This is, IMO, healthy lifestyle in that weight gain can't sneak up on you.  One must be vigilant.

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In response why you should not go down to 1000/calories a day (I agree that if you maintain that rate, you WILL eventually lose weight).  

That being said, your body is designed to prevent itself from losing weight. If you try to lose more than the recommended amount of fat per week, your body will turn to and burn its own muscle for energy. The loss of lean muscle mass negates any weight loss you might be trying to accomplish, as muscle is what makes your body healthy, toned and in motion. Having more muscle makes your resting metabolism work harder, which means you burn more calories while you're at rest. You should consume at least 1,200 calories a day to prevent the loss of muscle.

When a body consumes too few calories it will actually slip into 'famine mode,' where it purposefully slows down its resting metabolism, or basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories your body burns when at rest), in order to avoid expending energy. Your body will strain to save calories, preventing weight loss and even harming your metabolism's natural functions.

(There is some wiggle room as weight reduction is dependent on various factors: height, weight; diet and lifestyle; level of physical activity; health and genes (inc. metabolic rate); the level of stress experienced.  But usually 1000 calories per day is considered too low.

Original Post by vanilla212:

I see comments all the time telling people that they're not losing weight because they're eating too little!  This is ridiculous.  If that were true, people in famine ridden African and monsoon victims in Myanmar would be "holding on to fat", too and not looking like emaciated skeletons.  If you can't lose weight on "1000 calories", chances are you're not really having 1000 calories per day.  You're either not counting properly or cheating more ofter than "being good."

This person was obese and getting obese-er on a 700 calorie a day diet.  Kinda blows a few holes in your theory doesn't it?

 

Wll now, if all the above is true, then why wasn't I losing weight back when I still weighed 500+ and was eating sub 1000 cals.  And why do I continue to lose weight while regularly eating 3000+ cals a day. 

Eating only 1000 cals may take off a bit of weight, but it is very unhealthy, and the weight lose is by no means long term.  I have been able to loose some 300 pounds by following the basic diet guidelines here on CC.  If that doesn't prove that eating right and exercise is the way to a healthy lifestyle, I don't know what will.

This is a great website dedicated to helping people manage their weight in a healthy manner.  Did you know that the bare minimum a woman should ever eat is 1200 calories a day?  This is a widespread recommendation by the medical community and eating less puts you at risk and should only be done under the supervision of your healthcare provider.  

But even 1,200 calories a day may be too little and put you at risk of losing too rapidly.  The other main guideline would be to lose 1 - 2 lbs a week which is considered a safe rate of weight loss by the medical community.  To lose 1 lb a week, you would try to keep a 500 calorie deficit per day (double that for 2 lbs/week). [you have to cut back 3,500 cals to lose 1 lb; if you divide that over 1 week, that is 500 cals x 7 days = 3,500]

I have lost wieght consuming between 1700 and 2200 calories a day.  Thirty pounds to be exact.  I do not exercise all that much, at least not as much as I should. 

I feel horrible when I drop under 1500 calories, headaches, fatgue, nasty mood swings.  Why bother being a mean person, life is too short.

It is recommended to never go below 1200 calories if you are a female, because your body will go into starvation mode and it is possible that you might gain weight, besides doing serious damage to your body. (1500 calories if you are male). 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)

Reference: http://www.calorie-count.com/forums/post/3178 .html#6 If you are under 19 you need to add 300 calories for a total of 1500 per day. If you exercise you need to eat back at least half of the calories that you expend. So if you burn 400 calories in a day you need to eat back 200 calories. So if you are over 19, you need to eat 1200 calories + half of what you burn exercising. If you are under 19 you need to consume 1500 + half of what you burn exercising.

I always eat above 1400 (average between 1700-2000) and am losing weight at a nice pace AND only have a few pounds left to lose. I even hit a plateau and never had to change my intake by more than 200 calories. I've never gone below 1400.

Those of you thinking about dropping your calories below 1200, please do the research or talk to your doctor about it. For me, I have a high pressure job where I often need to think fast and I can't afford to starve my brain. I don't know, it's probably not fair to assume we're all the same. I should consider that some people don't need to think much.

I grew up with an anorexic/bulimic mother AND sister. So, they were really skinny. Whoop. I was the fat one in the family at a toned 5'11"/150lbs in high school. I was also the one with energy who did extremely well with school, sports, and dating. They were just skinny, moody, randomly fainting and losing hair. I'll take my size over what they've gone through (and are still affected by).

Messing around with extreme calorie restriction is no game. If you have to eat less than 1200 to lose weight, it's probably because you've already broken your machine.

Think healthy, glowing, vibrant energy! And, of course, good food!

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