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Old 01-02-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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lowering calories

I know that if you go from say 2,000 calories to 500 your body will go into starvation mode because of the dramatic drop.
What would happen if you started out at 2,500 calories and droped 100 calories a week or month until you got to a lower number (not 500 but like 1200) would your body think you were starving it our would the gradual drop be okay?

 
Old 01-03-2006, 05:21 AM   #2
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Re: lowering calories

Eventually, your body will catch on. You will go into a "weaning starvation mode."
Personally, I can go into a mini-starvation mode anytime I dip below 2,000 calories so I make sure that NEVER happpens even if I have toi have a bowl of cereal last thing at night.
Lately alas, going UNDER 2,000 hasn't been my problem...OVER 2,200 another story.

If I tried sliding to 1,500 fopr any length of time, it would take me a YEAR to get my metaboolism back on track. Just holding in the low 2,000's has made me resistant to weight loss at those amounts.

Yep, it doesn't take an earthquake to trigger the starvation response...it's nature's way of dealing with less.

 
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Old 01-04-2006, 12:42 PM   #3
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Re: lowering calories

Mmmm....how could you possibly know that you go into a "Mini" Starvation mode? you have a way of measuring your metabolism?
Starvation mode is term that is thrown out there too ofton and usually Misused.
AllStarvation mode is really just your metabolism slowing down.....When ever you eat less Calories your metabolism will slow down regardless of how much calories you cut. True Starvation Mode Usually does not kick in until you have dropped your calorie intake well below 1000 and are lacking Nutrients. I started amy weight at 270 4 months ago and I started eating anywhere from 1200-1500 calories a day...I did not go into starvation mode...I have lost 44 lbs. But yes my metabolism did slow down by doing that....but not to the point of it being counter productive....The Lower you drop your calories the LEss efficient your body will be at burning calories...thus the les lbs/Calorie you will lose......but you will still lose more total weight the less calories you eat.

 
Old 01-04-2006, 05:14 PM   #4
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Re: lowering calories

"Yep, it doesn't take an earthquake to trigger the starvation response...it's nature's way of dealing with less."

LOVE IT

 
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