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Old 10-23-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Famine mode

In attempt to lose weight I dropped my calorie intake extremely low for a while and now I've realised how unhealthy I was being and started eating properly again. Problem is, my body has gone into an "after the famine" mode and thinks I'm going to start starving it again and this has caused my too over eat, especially on foods which aren't exactly beneficial to my health such as ice-cream, biscuits and sugar-coated cereals.
I'm eating up to around 4000calories a day and I know that weight gain is unhealthy and I'm now stuck with extra pounds I need to lose. How should I go snap out of this "after the famine" mode and go back to 1000 calories or so a day?

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Old 10-24-2005, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: Famine mode

First of all you shouldn't go back to 1000 calories a day, that would be going back into faminime mode (maybe not as dramatic as you used to... if this amount is considered normal to you ). How bout you stop starving and binging and find a balance?

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Old 10-24-2005, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: Famine mode

I think this "famine mode" thing is mostly in your head. Sure, you may feel deprived and feel the need to make up for lost calories, but your body isn't doing this to you--you are doing this to your body. Your body will not "snap out of it" until you make it happen. Focus on eating larger portions of fresh fruit, veggies, lean protein, beans and grains and smaller portions of sweets and junk.
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:53 AM   #4
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Re: Famine mode

Originally Posted by surrealmeal
What I meant by "it's all in your head" is that YOU do it to yourself; it is not caused by some external factor, which, though you say you disagree, it sounds like you actually agree with.
Yes she's putting the food in her mouth by herself, but the hunger has to be coming from somewhere. And it's probably because when she's not binging, she's starving.

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