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  •  I've lost 35 pounds over the last 15 months (21+ / 0-)

    working with a personal trainer and one of the things she told me was to eat at least 1200 - 1500 calories a day.  The theory is that if you eat too few calories, your metabolism goes into a scarcity mode and somehow holds onto what it has.

    Also to make every calorie a "quality" calorie.  I pretty much cut out junk food and added more unprocessed foods.  Lots of soups and salads.  Healthy snacks.  No artificial sweetener, lots of water, and regular exercise.

    The unexpected thing was that it does not feel like a diet, just a more healthy eating style.

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    by ahumbleopinion on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 07:47:48 AM PDT

    •  Good for you! (3+ / 0-)
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      bluedust, Aspe4, Timaeus

      I'm really struggling right now, and I admire your success.  

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      by Knockbally on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:23:03 AM PDT

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    •  The nazis ran an experiment on that. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was called "concentration camps." They drastically reduced calorie intake for the imprisoned. Every one of them lost weight.

      I don't recommend the diet, but the idea that reduced calories don't cause weight loss has no evidentiary support.

      •  paging godwin (2+ / 0-)
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        This is a strawman.  Yes, starvation -> weight loss, for everyone.   None of us are saying that. But it's not healthy, and it's not sustainable; it's excruciatingly painful and has long-term effects on one's health.  

        The choice the diarist's nutritionist was talking about was:
        1.  Continue current plan, eating X calories and being in the beginnings of starvation mode, where the body is shutting down a little.  Exercise is possible, obviously, but fatigue is common and the person may be moving less in general.
        2.  Add a few (this is usually like 200-300 calories a day -- one granola bar!) calories to get the body back into burn baby burn mode.  Exercise will feel better and it will be easier to burn more calories while doing it.  

        The latter may well be faster, and will definitely be more pleasant (and thus easier for the diarist to stick to).    

    •  My own experience doesn't really support 1200. (2+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, Timaeus

      I lose weight just fine at 800 calories or even lower a day. 60 lbs in 3.5 months so far, without my metabolism giving me any trouble until I started flirting with 500 calories a day or fewer.  It's harder to actually get to 'starvation mode' than people think if you've actually got extra fat stores.  Now obviously if you're already thin, with a low bodyfat % you can probably get there a lot faster, and maybe for you, 1200 might be a minimum.  But for those of us in the 35+ BMI range thanks to lots of extra fat, the 1200 thing just isn't true.

    •  I stuck to around 1500 (2+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus, ahumbleopinion

      most but not all days, and stopped looking for results on a daily or even weekly basis.  I made an effort to eat mostly healthy food, but not to be religious about it. It worked for me.

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      by denise b on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 01:20:12 PM PDT

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