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Why eating too little calories is a bad idea.....

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  • RamboKitty87RamboKitty87 Posts: 272Member Member Posts: 272Member Member
    try2again wrote: »
    Giving this discussion a bump, the more people that see it the better.

    There seems to have been an unusual number of people on the forums lately determined to pursue unsupervised VLCDs or simply make unnecessarily drastic cuts. :(

    I was one of them and now I have gallstones and I'm in pain quite often even after lowering my total daily fat to 10g :neutral: a lot of people out there seem to think the less they eat and the more they exercise the more weight they will lose which is true and the proof of their success is going to bed starving but this is so not true... so many downsides to this, it doesn't help that a lot of doctors out there just don't seem to care, that was my case anyway.... rambling again lol but yeah you don't have to take drastic measures to lose weight, cutting just a little and exercising a little has great benefits :)
  • PsychgrrlPsychgrrl Posts: 2,783Member Member Posts: 2,783Member Member
    folgers86 wrote: »
    My only issue with posts like these is regarding people, like myself, who work with their doctor and are cleared for a medically supervised low calorie diet. Right now my doctor is ok with me eating 900-1000 calories a day and I work with her, a trained professional who knows my medical history. I understand there are people who really need information like this, but it really irks me when MFP tries to reset my goals that I discussed ad nauseum with my doctor.

    MFP defaults to those minimums because most people who try VLCD are not medically supervised and the app doesn't want to be seen as promoting unhealthy behaviors. There are a lot of people, with stats that would allow them to eat way more, that are at 1200 because that's as low as the system will go. If it let anyone set any goal then there would be a whole lot more under eating.
  • try2againtry2again Posts: 3,409Member Member Posts: 3,409Member Member
    try2again wrote: »
    Giving this discussion a bump, the more people that see it the better.

    There seems to have been an unusual number of people on the forums lately determined to pursue unsupervised VLCDs or simply make unnecessarily drastic cuts. :(

    I was one of them and now I have gallstones and I'm in pain quite often even after lowering my total daily fat to 10g :neutral: a lot of people out there seem to think the less they eat and the more they exercise the more weight they will lose which is true and the proof of their success is going to bed starving but this is so not true... so many downsides to this, it doesn't help that a lot of doctors out there just don't seem to care, that was my case anyway.... rambling again lol but yeah you don't have to take drastic measures to lose weight, cutting just a little and exercising a little has great benefits :)

    Aha! I was on a thread this morning where someone was eating very low calories and wanted to share your experience, but couldn't remember where I'd read it :) More people should know about that danger.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 6,722Member Member Posts: 6,722Member Member
    @DamieBird I Did post once asking for people's input as I was unsure how many calories I should intake and how many I should burn etc, I told them my calories in and calories out to which I pretty much got attacked and called a liar, I was very new to this and still am, I ended up in tears, deleting the discussion and nearly actually leaving MFP, there are a lot of people that will just attack you instead of advising, I have come across many discussions where people have not even read the posters full post, just pretty much jumping to conclusions about that person and being pretty nasty about it, I was told I was a liar as apparently it was "impossible" to burn more than 500 calories a day.... I'm big, the bigger a person is the more calories they burn, at one point I was doing 90 - 120 mins on my exercise bike per day which was burning between 1200 - 1500 calories, I know MFP does over estimate so sometimes I'd do an extra couple of minutes that I wouldn't count. Sorry I rambled too much.

    Glad you decided to stick it out, there is some fantastic advice to be had on these forums.
  • try2againtry2again Posts: 3,409Member Member Posts: 3,409Member Member
    Ultimately, if a person's results match their data, it doesn't really matter. It's only when there's a discrepancy that it becomes an issue. Or back to the topic of the thread, when there's a concern that an OP is severely undereating, or unknowingly overeating.
  • DM_78DM_78 Posts: 57Member Member Posts: 57Member Member
    Great post.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 29,005Member Member Posts: 29,005Member Member
    Yeah I can understand people trying to help and may be a blunt as they have more than likely given that same advice to lots of people asking the same questions and also making the same mistakes, it would be like having a stain on your white top that really stands out and walking down the street and everyone seems to keep pointing out, you answer pleasantly and as nice as you can that you know but after the 10th person points it out you feel your patience running out lol. anyway... people need to understand that a lot of posters who are overweight can suffer from anxiety or even be a little guarded so when people are advising them it could come across nasty but in fact the poster is being nice, it's just hard to read between the lines with text most of the time.
    I know people should not sugar coat it as there are real dangers to undereating but maybe like add a smiley face to show your not having a go at them, I don't know... lol :)

    I'm glad you hung in there.

    Ya know, I've had some meltdown moments in life, too. People say things that hurt my feelings. Usually when I have time to regroup I can see they were trying to help and lots of times they are right. It's human nature to react in a defensive way when corrected. As long as I learn something in the end that's the important thing, and I've definitely learned that if I have a strong reaction to something I need to look more closely at my part in it.



    Of course sometimes they're just . . . wrong. :wink:
  • VeronicaA76VeronicaA76 Posts: 1,116Member Member Posts: 1,116Member Member
    Because it gets insanely hard to build muscle. That's where I'm at, losing fat, building muscle. Nightmare to balance that.
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