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Calorie Deficit vs. Starvation Mode

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moulding55
moulding55 Posts: 3 Member
Hi! I’m Paulette and new here. I’m a 60 year old retired, (young) granny who works out 5-6 days a week (strength training, HIIT, yoga, and cardio) and would like to lose 25 pounds. I am confused with the whole “you have to be in a calorie deficit to burn fat” verses “if you don’t eat enough calories, you’ll go into starvation mode and you will store fat”. Anyone else?

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  • ddsb1111
    ddsb1111 Posts: 843 Member
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    Hi Paulette, there’s more posts on this than I can count but this link will be a big help for you I think 😊

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/1279532/starvation-mode-is-a-myth
  • sollyn23l2
    sollyn23l2 Posts: 1,673 Member
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    moulding55 wrote: »
    Hi! I’m Paulette and new here. I’m a 60 year old retired, (young) granny who works out 5-6 days a week (strength training, HIIT, yoga, and cardio) and would like to lose 25 pounds. I am confused with the whole “you have to be in a calorie deficit to burn fat” verses “if you don’t eat enough calories, you’ll go into starvation mode and you will store fat”. Anyone else?

    You do have to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. This is an immutable law of the universe in which we live (See the 1st law of thermodynamics) Doing an extreme calorie deficit is not advisable as it is stressful for your body. So do a moderate calorie deficit (250 calories to 500 calories less per day than what you need to maintain your weight).
  • cmriverside
    cmriverside Posts: 34,087 Member
    edited April 21
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  • rileysowner
    rileysowner Posts: 8,230 Member
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    Putting on fat because of not eating enough is a myth which keeps surviving for some unknown reason. Yes, eating too little is not good for you, and it will have negative effects. Losing weight is about having a moderate calorie deficit over time that forces your body to use the energy it stored as fat.