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Old 11-07-2001, 06:01 AM   #1
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Why is it your body goes into the starvation "mode" or whatever if you don't eat enought calories or fat? If I eat 6 times a day, throughout the day, but keep my calories under 1200 and fat under 20 will my metabolism really slow down? I have finally shrunk my stomach so I can eat less and get full, and my appetite has really decreased, which is good because I used to be hungry all the time. Now that I have gotten my eating under control I am hoping to lose some weight, but worried about my metabolism. Oh and I also do some sort of exercise everyday. It just doesn't make sense to me that my body would think it isn't getting any food, when I open my mouth and consume something 6 times a day. Just curious. I appreciate any advice.

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Old 11-08-2001, 12:20 AM   #2
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Maybe it should be called survival mode! But it does happen and is well documented. I have a great paper on it in sheep actually! :-) But there is evidence that it is not permanent. I think the permanent drop in metabolic rate a lot of people experience after dieting is more likely from losing muscle mass.
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Old 11-08-2001, 03:52 PM   #3
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The biggest thing about the metabolism drop is that it it triggered when there is a sudden, drastic drop in caloric intake. The body thinks that something is wrong and it stores everything it can in preperation for lack of food. That's why most 'safe' diets take a gradual approach and fad diets don't last.

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