Yes - I can't help but feel that in many cases people get a bit tired and actually over estimate exercise done as they don't do much (maybe using MFP figures), while underestimating food they've actually eaten.
Calories in vs calories out still always stands - it's just a case of working out the right figures .
The problem with most of the studies is to realize all people can not be grouped in the same manner. All people lose weight different and not every method will not work for every person. You basically have to learn your own body and go from there. Nobody denies the fact that in severe starvation mode many things happen to your body. The dilemma is....no one can say how long exactly does starvation mode set in. Many people would have you believe that if you skip breakfast this morning, OMG you're now in starvation mode. Most people realize this to be false. So basically it's a matter of you figuring out what works best for your body. Your body knows when it's stressed and will definitely let you know.
Regardless of whether it's a myth or not, why would people want to restrict their calories so low when they could eat a reasonable amount (say 1700 calories for the average 5'4" woman) and exercise moderately and daily. I feel like so many people set themselves up to fail by being in a huge hurry to drop as many pounds as possible.
If your doctor deems it necessary to restrict your calories so low, then by all means do it. I guess I have seen too many friends severly restrict their calories most days, have a few "cheat" days and barely lose any weight, if they lose at all. Maybe they're sneaking snickers behind my back, but I seem to outeat women 40lbs heavier than me. I'm not *that* active and I definitely cheat from time to time.
What the heck is wrong with eating TDEE-20%, or eating at your goal weight TDEE as fat2fitradio suggests? Seems like a more manageable "diet" to me, and sets a person up to succeed long term instead of losing a bunch of weight and then gaining it back. Which, as far as I can tell just by looking around, is definitely not a myth.
*begin digress* I do think some people (women more than men, IMO) like to brag about how little they eat. Like it's some sort of badge of honor. Eating like a bird and all that. As if eating gets lumped into bodily fuctions, like farting, and should be avoided. Joking aside, I do realize there is social stigma against eating, especially if you're carrying a little extra weight, or your body image is skewed and you think you're overweight. *end digress*
maybe because TDEE - 20% does not work for everyone..you have to find what works for you as an individual....Everyone always bombs threads and says TDEE, TDEE, TDEE sounds like the hook in a rap song....as if TDEE - 20% is a cure all for every single persons dieting ills..please....
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