not lossing weight???

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  • kelisueray
    kelisueray Posts: 78 Member
    edited April 2016
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    After seeing so many of these questions asked on MFP and the type of comments they receive - I automatically think anyone asking this question is a troll.
  • Maxematics
    Maxematics Posts: 2,287 Member
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    I know starvation mode is a myth that, for some reason, circulates more than other weight loss fallacies, but I don't understand why so many people actually believe it. All it takes is to think for just one moment about people who die from starvation. When you see starving people, they are not holding a bunch of fat. They are not overweight by any means. Why do people believe that if they tone their eating down a notch, the same eating that caused them to be overweight to begin with, that their body will freak out and go into "starvation mode". Granted eating 1000 calories is a bad idea due to health problems, but 1000 calories is by no means starving. Also most people who think they're eating 1000 calories are actually eating much more than that.
  • gothchiq
    gothchiq Posts: 4,590 Member
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    Draco, please look at the article that Afura linked above to debunk the "starvation mode" thing. The body does not work like that.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,342 Member
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    You are eating more than you think..... sigh sooo many of these threads....
  • Ninkyou
    Ninkyou Posts: 6,666 Member
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    synacious wrote: »
    I know starvation mode is a myth that, for some reason, circulates more than other weight loss fallacies, but I don't understand why so many people actually believe it. All it takes is to think for just one moment about people who die from starvation. When you see starving people, they are not holding a bunch of fat. They are not overweight by any means. Why do people believe that if they tone their eating down a notch, the same eating that caused them to be overweight to begin with, that their body will freak out and go into "starvation mode". Granted eating 1000 calories is a bad idea due to health problems, but 1000 calories is by no means starving. Also most people who think they're eating 1000 calories are actually eating much more than that.

    I think it's because people want to believe they're doing everything right and yet, for some unknown reason, are not losing weight. It's the special snowflake syndrome. It's not working, so there MUST be some outside cause. Unfortunately, science dictates otherwise.
  • R3dWillow89
    R3dWillow89 Posts: 3 Member
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    Lol.. everyone is different...its not a myth to me.. If i dont eat at least 1500 to 1700 than i stop losing weight.. I was trying to eat that low once to lose weight faster but it completely stopped until i started eating a little bit more.. I workout 4 times a week and weigh all my food.. Maybe it dont work that way in a lot of people but for some it really does no matter what some article says.. I dont know what this person looks like.. Height, weight, etc.. But if they are a bigger person (280 or more) they should be eating more than 1100 a day anyways. But if they are a smaller person than ya they might just be not weighing their food and overeating not realizing it.. It just depends on the person .. Not everyone is the same.. Not everyones body works the same.. Heck they might just be retaining water for all we know lol
  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
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    These are my really general tips:

    1. If it's been less than 3 weeks or so since you last saw a drop on the scale, don't sweat it! Normal fluctuations happen and unfortunately sometimes we stall for a week or two even when we're doing everything right. Give your body some time to catch up with the changes you're making.

    2. If you aren't already, be sure that you're logging everything. Sometimes people forget about things like veggies, drinks, cooking oils, and condiments. For some people these can add up to enough to halt your weight loss progress.

    3. Consider buying a food scale if you don't already have one. They're about $10-$20 dollars in the US and easily found at places like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Measuring cups and spoons are great, but they do come with some degree of inaccuracy. A food scale will be more accurate, and for some people it makes a big difference.

    4. Logging accurately also means choosing accurate entries in the database. There are a lot of user-entered entries that are off. Double-check that you're using good entries and/or using the recipe builder instead of someone else's homemade entries.

    5. Recalculate your goals if you haven't lately. As you lose weight your body requires fewer calories to run. Be sure you update your goals every ten pounds or so.

    6. If you're eating back your exercise calories and you're relying on gym machine readouts or MFP's estimates, it might be best to eat back just 50-75% of those. Certain activities tend to be overestimated. If you're using an HRM or activity tracker, it might be a good idea to look into their accuracy and be sure that yours is calibrated properly.

    7. If you're taking any cheat days that go over your calorie limits, it might be best to cut them out for a few weeks and see what happens. Some people go way over their calorie needs without realizing it when they don't track.

    8. If you weigh yourself frequently, consider using a program like trendweight to even out the fluctuations. You could be losing weight but just don't see it because of the daily ups and downs.

    9. Some people just burn fewer calories than the calculators predict. If you continue to have problems after 4-6 weeks, then it might be worth a trip to the doctor or a registered dietitian who can give you more specific advice.
  • rawley69
    rawley69 Posts: 49 Member
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    kelisueray wrote: »
    After seeing so many of these questions asked on MFP and the type of comments they receive - I automatically think anyone asking this question is a troll.

    I feel the same way... "I eat nothing every day, and run 12 marathons a week, yet, I'm at my heaviest of 700 pounds!"

    ;)
  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,013 Member
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    Lol.. everyone is different...its not a myth to me.. If i dont eat at least 1500 to 1700 than i stop losing weight.. I was trying to eat that low once to lose weight faster but it completely stopped until i started eating a little bit more.. I workout 4 times a week and weigh all my food.. Maybe it dont work that way in a lot of people but for some it really does no matter what some article says.. I dont know what this person looks like.. Height, weight, etc.. But if they are a bigger person (280 or more) they should be eating more than 1100 a day anyways. But if they are a smaller person than ya they might just be not weighing their food and overeating not realizing it.. It just depends on the person .. Not everyone is the same.. Not everyones body works the same.. Heck they might just be retaining water for all we know lol

    Unfortunately, most people (like 99%) who post that they are eating a very low calorie amount and are not losing, are really eating more than they think due to logging errors. So telling them they should eat more is irresponsible advise unless we know if the calorie number they are throwing around is accurate. First they have to make sure their logging is on point.

    Starvation mode IS a myth. Some people when they try to eat too little, may become lethargic without realizing it and move around alot less, thereby canceling out the calories they are saving and balancing out the CICO equation which causes them not to lose weight. It's not that the body panics and stores fat. If your body does do that for some reason, you are very very unique. People who are actually starving do not go through a measurable period of time where they hold onto weight - there aren't starving pudgy people whose bodies are desperately trying to hold onto fat.
  • ashliedelgado
    ashliedelgado Posts: 814 Member
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    Might not be eating enough. If your body thinks its starving it will try and store everything it gets instead of burning it as energy.

    NO.
  • lemurcat12
    lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886 Member
    edited April 2016
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    Lol.. everyone is different...its not a myth to me..

    No, no one is immune from actual starvation. That's what you seem to be claiming if you magically cannot lose weight if you eat less than 1500 calories.

    People do sometimes lose better by eating more, since they are more active/more energetic and also less prone to slipping up and eating a whole bunch and often able to log more accurately when aiming for a more sustainable goal.
  • Afura
    Afura Posts: 2,054 Member
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    3. Consider buying a food scale if you don't already have one. They're about $10-$20 dollars in the US and easily found at places like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Measuring cups and spoons are great, but they do come with some degree of inaccuracy. A food scale will be more accurate, and for some people it makes a big difference.

    Some days I just really want to have a raffle for a food scale for people who complain they're too expensive.
  • kgirlhart
    kgirlhart Posts: 5,010 Member
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    Might not be eating enough. If your body thinks its starving it will try and store everything it gets instead of burning it as energy.

    This is false. You are probably eating more than you think. If you were truly eating 1100 calories a day you would be losing weight. Especially if you are exercising and not eating back the exercise calories. Get a scale and weigh your food. Check the entries that you use to make sure they are correct.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,988 Member
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    Lol.. everyone is different...its not a myth to me.. If i dont eat at least 1500 to 1700 than i stop losing weight.. I was trying to eat that low once to lose weight faster but it completely stopped until i started eating a little bit more.. I workout 4 times a week and weigh all my food.. Maybe it dont work that way in a lot of people but for some it really does no matter what some article says.. I dont know what this person looks like.. Height, weight, etc.. But if they are a bigger person (280 or more) they should be eating more than 1100 a day anyways. But if they are a smaller person than ya they might just be not weighing their food and overeating not realizing it.. It just depends on the person .. Not everyone is the same.. Not everyones body works the same.. Heck they might just be retaining water for all we know lol
    kimny72 wrote: »
    Unfortunately, most people (like 99%) who post that they are eating a very low calorie amount and are not losing, are really eating more than they think due to logging errors. So telling them they should eat more is irresponsible advise unless we know if the calorie number they are throwing around is accurate. First they have to make sure their logging is on point.

    Starvation mode IS a myth. Some people when they try to eat too little, may become lethargic without realizing it and move around alot less, thereby canceling out the calories they are saving and balancing out the CICO equation which causes them not to lose weight. It's not that the body panics and stores fat. If your body does do that for some reason, you are very very unique. People who are actually starving do not go through a measurable period of time where they hold onto weight - there aren't starving pudgy people whose bodies are desperately trying to hold onto fat.

    In addition to not losing weight while on low calories due to logging errors and reducing NEAT (moving around less) people who eat too little may not lose weight as they often offset their undereating with binges, which wipe out the calorie deficit.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,988 Member
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    I eat 1100 calories a day and burn 687 calories a day according to my fitness pal, why am I not losing weight

    There are mistakes that people commonly make that cause them to not lose weight that we might be able to spot if you change your Diary Sharing settings to Public: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/diary_settings