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chef101

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Posted: 07 May 2012, 22:32
Okay so I've been dieting exactly three weeks now. And my calorie intake is kind of worrying me, as is my just eating in general intake. I ate ONCE today...at 6:00 pm. Wasn't hungry once ALL day, and had to force feed that. I made nachos for dinner thinking, "HEY NACHOS SOUNDS YUM RIGHT??", and hoped that would help wake my stomach up, but...I'm just never hungry anymore. I could barely even eat that stuff as it was. If I piled everything together that I ate for dinner and measured it, I'd say no more than half a cup of food all together. That is SO not me! I used to allllways have hunger cravings. I'd friggin' not even be hungry and where did I suddenly find myself?? With my head in the fridge! And after I closed the fridge and said "No you're not hungry so you're not eating," guess where I automatically went next? PANTRY! So for me to not be eating at all, let alone having TROUBLE eating, is just not like me.

Is this normal when you start dieting? Because I know the whole tale of "your stomach shrinks so you won't eat as much in one sitting", but geez, that's not "you'll have trouble sitting once to eat coz your stomach shrank"!

I'm starting to really feel the side effects of not eating, now. Weak as hell, so weak I can't even exercise. Get nauseous, get the shakes, dizzy, etc. I bent down to play with my puppies today and instantly dropped to my knees coz I almost passed out. That's not cool.

But I have been fighting a bad cold since last Thursday, so you think maybe that's it??

Anyone have any quick fixes?
If it tastes good, spit it out.
suremeansyes

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Posted: 07 May 2012, 22:43
Quick check on your diet calendar and you've been basically starving yourself this past couple weeks, so that's probably it.

You aren't dieting, you're starving.
chef101

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Posted: 07 May 2012, 22:48
But how can I be starving if I'm not hungry?
If it tastes good, spit it out.
suremeansyes

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Posted: 07 May 2012, 23:15
Your body has adapted to your low calorie eating habits. And not in a positive way.

If you almost passed out while kneeling down to pet your dog, I'd say there is a problem with your eating.

Eat. Even if you aren't hungry.

I can understand the feeling of not being hungry. I have a major bladder infection and haven't reached my calories for today. Half the calories I ate today were because I made myself eat them. I couldn't make myself eat dinner. However, this is ONE day out of weeks of over at least 1300-1400 calories.
Ingria

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Posted: 07 May 2012, 23:19
Hunger is in your head, it has nothing to do with what your body needs. Your body tells you that it needs food, when you feel faint. You are in starvation mode based on your diet calendar. What are you trying to do, mess up your metabolism, or lose weight? Quick fix is to start eating on daily basis.
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GWMcolorado

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 00:48
Hmm I have to agree with the posts above. I would hope that your daily calorie intake records are the result of neglecting to log meals or something and not the actual calories you're eating each day. If so then that really concerns me. At that low of a level you're not eating enough calories to sustain your vital organs let alone to exercise and work. One of the seemingly paradoxical symptoms of starvation can be a lack of appetite. This is because the stomach itself starts to atrophy (as do other organs and muscle tissue) in order that they have to use less calories to keep what's left alive. But you can't do this forever! Eventually you can cause permanent damage to yourself! Or worse!

My advice would be to find out what is called your Basal Metabolic Rate. There are various calculators you can find online. This is the number of calories your body burns each day just to keep your organs and body tissues alive. You shouldn't go much below this number of calories or your body starts to starve.
itsmejanu

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 00:58
Our body needs a minimum 900 calories for better functioning of all vital organs including brain, it is better to eat that minimum amount of calories, otherwise it could lead to a serious damage. Eat good food, have a huge difference between calories taken through food and calories burnt due to activities or exercise.
paperiniko

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 04:59
the body needs different amount calories depending on a lot of variables, such as sex, age, activity, weather etc so there is no standard minimum and anyway it is generally above 1000kcal per day.
Starvation diets such as the one that seems to be adopted by chef not only are dangerous for the health as it has already been pointed out, but they do not even work for fat loss long term because the body shuts down and try to preserve fat eating away lean body mass to decrease the calorie needs.
ChristineS10...

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 08:24
The general consensus is that women need a minimum of 1200 calories a day. I am do not think you should go under that unless under the direction of your doctor. Not only are extremely low calorie diets dangerous but they are very difficult to maintain. And there is a very good chance that when you begin to eat normal again you will gain all the weight back.

I would make yourself eat lots of small balanced meals a day. That way you do not have to stuff yourself in one sitting. A little nibble every 3 hours will probably stimulate your metablolism and your appetite. I am not a doctor of course, but this makes sense to me.

Good luck and be safe!
chef101

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 11:04
I already know that my "basal metabolic rate" or whatever its called is over 1,500. So, I know theoretically I should be eating at least 1,500 calories per day just to sustain my muscle mass. To sustain my current weight, I have to eat almost 2,500 calories--so anything between 1,500 and 2,500 and I would still theoretically be losing weight. Those numbers, of course, don't include the extra exercising and calorie burning that I do on a daily basis.

So basically, yes, I've been very bad, and I'm DEFINITELY feeling it. But I'm honestly not doing it on purpose. I tried real hard this morning and ate a "decent" breakfast. Lots of protein: two turkey sausage links, seven wheat thins, 1/4 cup of cottage cheese, and a decent sized banana. And I am stuuuuuuffed. To the point I feel like I might be sick. This sucks you guys.

It's kind of karmically comical. I was always one of those binge eaters, snackers, ate just to eat. Just because I had a taste for something. And the cravings oooooh I always had the WORST cravings. Now I've done a complete 180. Ate too much before, eating way too little now. Isn't there ever a happy-medium in life?? BAH!!
If it tastes good, spit it out.
rk4996a

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Posted: 08 May 2012, 11:41
Perhaps you should focus on higher calorie versions of the food you're already eating. Fat isn't as much of a problem if you're getting the full nutrition, so avocado, full-fat cream cheese (though neufchatel and lebna cheese have more protein), babybel cheese, yogurt, ground beef, etc. Also, nutritional yeast has protein and vitamins without much bulk.
You absolutely must eat more calories, but make them nutritionally sound. Start now.
Boothacus

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Posted: 11 May 2012, 15:21
I quit eating carbs and sugar and dairy and I have the same problem sometimes. You must force yourself to eat good food at lunch and then something good at dinner. I know it's exciting not to be hungry but weakness is a big one that backfires when your body finally says, " WTF, I need FOOD!" try and eat fruits veggies and a protein twice a day even if not in huge amounts and keep somehting healthy by to nibble on or snack on. It'll keep the weakness away and your body will not do a 180 on you.
We all say we'd do anything to lose weight, but what we mean is we'd do anything but eat better and exercise to lose weight. We are all looking for fix to a long term problem
Jae45

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Posted: 19 May 2012, 08:39
I am not sure if you are still following the diet you started but you need to eat more.. A goal of less than 1200 calories is not a good goal. If you uppped your calories to 1500 a day you'd drop pounds fast especially with how much you workout. Eating this way you are losing muscle not fat.

This is quoted from your journal.

"Day 5...really not so bad.

Hunger Cravings: Non-existent!

Emotions: Spiky--pretty touchy and crabby still a little....but part of the day I'm in really good spirits, as well.

Will-Power: Exceptional!! A+++

1,200 Or Less Calories Goal: Accomplished every single day this week!


Overall, I'm very proud of myself. NOTE TO SELF: Great job...you're doing really well...let's just keep this up!"
holfraz

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Posted: 19 May 2012, 11:36
I felt the same way when I was in a severe calorie deficit for a while. It seemed like I was weak and might pass out, but amazingly I could run my brains out during that time and feel fine. I never did pass out or anything.
kim6588

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Posted: 21 May 2012, 20:30
If you never feel hungry and you ate that "decent" breakfast you listed in your post (which to me was not much food) and you feel stuffed to the point that you feel sick you might want to think about going to the doctor for a good check up because that does not sound normal to me.
Laird kent

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Posted: 09 Aug 2012, 13:14
chef101 wrote:
I already know that my "basal metabolic rate" or whatever its called is over 1,500. So, I know theoretically I should be eating at least 1,500 calories per day just to sustain my muscle mass. To sustain my current weight, I have to eat almost 2,500 calories--so anything between 1,500 and 2,500 and I would still theoretically be losing weight. Those numbers, of course, don't include the extra exercising and calorie burning that I do on a daily basis.

So basically, yes, I've been very bad, and I'm DEFINITELY feeling it. But I'm honestly not doing it on purpose. I tried real hard this morning and ate a "decent" breakfast. Lots of protein: two turkey sausage links, seven wheat thins, 1/4 cup of cottage cheese, and a decent sized banana. And I am stuuuuuuffed. To the point I feel like I might be sick. This sucks you guys.

It's kind of karmically comical. I was always one of those binge eaters, snackers, ate just to eat. Just because I had a taste for something. And the cravings oooooh I always had the WORST cravings. Now I've done a complete 180. Ate too much before, eating way too little now. Isn't there ever a happy-medium in life?? BAH!!



I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING!!!! I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM, EXCEPT I WASN'T ON A DIET PRIOR TO THIS PROBLEM OCCURING.
klbarcaskey

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Posted: 09 Aug 2012, 13:59
i think the term "starvation mode" is used much too loosely these days, you do not go into starvation mode after skipping one meal, but one of the first signs your metabolism is shutting down is when you aren't hungry anymore, try a bit of high calorie replacement like protein bars to get yourself moving again.
CJT1217

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Posted: 10 Aug 2012, 09:28
Even if you're not getting the signal to your brain that you're "hungry" if you know you still need to take in more macro nutrients, do so. When I'm not hungry, yet it's time to have something (I eat every 2.5-3.5 hours), I'll have a snack or protein shake to keep my body fueled up and to keep the metabolism stoked.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.
CorsetLady

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 07:40
Ketones are an appetite suppressant; this is why people on very low calorie diets generally only succeed by cutting carbs to levels that produce ketosis. As long as you are restricting your carbs, your appetite will be lower than normal.

If you can add some rich protein and fat combos like nuts or seeds, that will help get the calorie count up. The other option is to stop restricting carbs, but don't be surprised if your weight jumps 4-7 pounds in a couple of days. That's just your glycogen stores replenishing; it's not fat.
Colorguardie

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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 15:10
The original post is basically why I'm going through. My friend told me that I was starving myself. No! I don't agree with her. Am I wrong?



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