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

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  • alteredsteve175
    alteredsteve175 Posts: 2,619 Member
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  • Cielworks
    Cielworks Posts: 2 Member
    I didn't read everyone's responses, so I apologize if my answer is redundant. Consuming too few calories tells your body to conserve, meaning you might be lowering your metabolism. When you start eating "normally" again, you will gain weight eating less. So, no, not a good idea.

    Eat enough to lose about a pound a week. This makes your transformation easier, and it won't be such a shock on your system. Plus, the first 20% of calories goes to feed the brain. You don't want to starve your brain.

    Remember, food is good. Calories are good. Most of our energy comes ideally from carbs. As for workouts, it's a given that it must be part of your program. Build muscle, burn more calories while doing cardio. Weights and cardio provide different benefits to your body - both essential. Conscious breathing and stretching are also highly beneficial.
  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,027 Member
    Bump :innocent:
  • alteredsteve175
    alteredsteve175 Posts: 2,619 Member
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  • alteredsteve175
    alteredsteve175 Posts: 2,619 Member
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  • Antiopelle
    Antiopelle Posts: 922 Member
    Love this thread, thank you !
  • Lady_Cy
    Lady_Cy Posts: 2 Member
    Hello, I am new to MFP and I have a question and maybe it's been answered, I'm not sure I did not read every post, Apologies. Since being on MFP I have gained an understanding of the type of food to eat with all the breakdowns. I was a binge eater, my job is demanding so lunch sometimes is not an option, so I would grab something quick and filling (honeybun, burger, french fries and/or coffee) and keep it moving. Once I got home I would order out maybe have a glass of wine and that was 5 days a week. Now I have cut out the wine, cut out ordering out and terrible quick food and I have been packing "quick" lunches and prepping dinner. What I have found is that I am averaging 650 to 850 calories a day and 850 is rare, I never reach 1000 calories. I am not hungry and now I don't even have to eat that much and I am full. My wieght is on a steady decline and I feel amazing. Am I supposed to force myself to eat to get the calories? I'm 5'2, 185.4
  • L1zardQueen
    L1zardQueen Posts: 8,756 Member
    Lady_Cy wrote: »
    Hello, I am new to MFP and I have a question and maybe it's been answered, I'm not sure I did not read every post, Apologies. Since being on MFP I have gained an understanding of the type of food to eat with all the breakdowns. I was a binge eater, my job is demanding so lunch sometimes is not an option, so I would grab something quick and filling (honeybun, burger, french fries and/or coffee) and keep it moving. Once I got home I would order out maybe have a glass of wine and that was 5 days a week. Now I have cut out the wine, cut out ordering out and terrible quick food and I have been packing "quick" lunches and prepping dinner. What I have found is that I am averaging 650 to 850 calories a day and 850 is rare, I never reach 1000 calories. I am not hungry and now I don't even have to eat that much and I am full. My wieght is on a steady decline and I feel amazing. Am I supposed to force myself to eat to get the calories? I'm 5'2, 185.4

    What they said^^^ and get a food scale to weigh everything you eat. It’s eye opening.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 25,700 Member
    Lady_Cy wrote: »
    Hello, I am new to MFP and I have a question and maybe it's been answered, I'm not sure I did not read every post, Apologies. Since being on MFP I have gained an understanding of the type of food to eat with all the breakdowns. I was a binge eater, my job is demanding so lunch sometimes is not an option, so I would grab something quick and filling (honeybun, burger, french fries and/or coffee) and keep it moving. Once I got home I would order out maybe have a glass of wine and that was 5 days a week. Now I have cut out the wine, cut out ordering out and terrible quick food and I have been packing "quick" lunches and prepping dinner. What I have found is that I am averaging 650 to 850 calories a day and 850 is rare, I never reach 1000 calories. I am not hungry and now I don't even have to eat that much and I am full. My wieght is on a steady decline and I feel amazing. Am I supposed to force myself to eat to get the calories? I'm 5'2, 185.4

    If the 850 is accurate, that's too low, let alone 650.

    I started out losing weight at about your weight (183), but a little bit taller (5'5"). For a short time, I ate too little (lost too fast). I felt great, not hungry . . . until suddenly, I didn't. I hit a wall. Even though I corrected quickly, it took multiple weeks to recover normal strength and energy. I was lucky there were no worse health consequences (other than maybe a little hair thinning a few weeks later).

    In my case, it happened to me by accident: I was eating 1200 calories, *plus* all my carefully-estimated exercise calories, the amount MFP suggested for me for a sensible loss rate based on accurate settings I put in. Turns out that I need mysteriously more calories than MFP estimates, a rare thing, but it can happen.

    How much health risk do you like, in return for faster weight loss? That's the key question.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 11,002 Member
    Spotted please try to increase even more. If you do the math you can tell that you can add calories. What your noticed in terms of appetite is fairly common
  • xxzenabxx
    xxzenabxx Posts: 883 Member
    Hi,
    Thanks for this thread.
    I have been under eating off and on for many years and recently went back into that mindset in March. It made no sense to me that I could be an endurance athlete and continue to gain weight.

    I am very accurate with my measuring and diligent with my logging.

    My weight loss slowed down in March and I looked back at my numbers and noticed a dip in my calorie consumption. 800-1100/day was very common during that time (679 the lowest). Last week I made a promise to myself that I would not go below 1200/ day. I noticed that I was rarely hungry, before, but now that I am eating between 1200-1400, I am getting hungry.

    This is not something I do intentionally to lose quickly. I think it is an ED that I have chosen to ignore or deny, until now. My mom died of bulimia nervosa. She was 46 and weighed 78#. I am working on this daily and these threads have been very educational and a good dose of therapy. My anxiety surrounding eating more calories is subsiding.

    I am a work in progress and grateful for the knowledge and support here.

    I’ve had an ED and many of them are actually genetic so you might be onto something there.
    Sometimes when you undereat for so long, your body lowers its metabolism and it thinks it’s starving so it stops sending out hunger signals in order to survive. This happens to a lot of eating disorder patients and I’ve experienced it and seen it with my own eyes. Pleeeaaase eat more. I used to eat under 1200 calories and do excessive exercise and I ended up gaining more weight. I’m now 160-165lbs when I used to be 120-130 lbs so I’ve gained weight. Of course a lot of that is also muscle but basically undereating really slowed down my metabolism. Now I eat 2100 calories a day and I’m slowly losing weight. I would suggest a reverse diet to avoid refeeding syndrome. Good luck ❤️
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 11,002 Member
    Spotted: weight TREND not daily weight ups and downs.

    Theory of reverse diet is add Cal's a chunk at a time (example +200, +200, then +100) for 1 week intervals per increase till continuous week over week trends indicate steady gain at which point you reduce cals to balance at max intake without gain

    This then allows you to lose from a higher start.

    Once the brain chemicals and pathways have well oiled grooves possibility of Ed recurrence is higher and any deficit can trigger it. With larger deficits being even more likely trigger :(