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2/29/12 4:34 P

I am posting to see if others have had a physician tell them they are not getting enough calories while consuming recommended nutritional advise from several sources?

I go for my annual physical feeling better than I have in four years (many medical issues) and weigh in 4 pounds lighter since my last visit (excited). This was my first visit with him so he proceeds to ask about diet, exercise, etc. So I tell him about my lifestyle change of consuming a balanced diet of 1500 to 1800 calories per day with moderate exercise as tolerated. My goal is to amp up my calories without weight gain and reset my metabolism and I am in Phase 1 of my approach.

I told him my assessment and theory behind many of my previous health issues which was that I am under nourished, dehydrated and that my metabolism had adjusted to half the recommended calories and being in starvation mode. I had fallen into a bad habit of forgetting to eat or not wanting to because I was nauseous a lot.

Anyway, he tells me I am not eating enough calories and that I MUST get 2000 per day. Am I nuts? I NO longer have medical issues. I am eating and exercising more than I have in years. While I plan to grow my calorie intake to at least 2000 per day, I also plan to cut back down to 1500 to 1700 for weight loss as I don't want to have issues transitioning to maintenance after losing the recommended 45 - 50 pounds. His response, "Well you need to be careful, that is not healthy". I felt like he was listening, but not hearing me and poopooing my progress of eating a well balanced diet.

I want to be healthy so I am asking you all, does my approach sound crazy or do I need to consume 2000 calories a day? I love SparkPeople and I am tracking per recommendations and noticing positive changes. He just knocked the wind out of my sails.

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