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JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/12/13 4:22 P

It means that with a regular. long term diet under 1200 cal you body goes into starvation mode.
This means that it slowly begins to eat (literally) its muscles.
And I'm sure that nobody wants that.
"[...] the body is responding to prolonged periods of low energy intake levels. [...] After prolonged periods of starvation the body has depleted its body fat and begins to burn lean tissue and muscle as a fuel source. [...] After prolonged periods of starvation, the body will utilize the proteins within muscle tissue as a fuel source."
That is what I meant OLGA18.

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11/12/13 12:53 A

Do you have access to a Microwave in your room? and/or a little bar fridge?


11/12/13 12:43 A

Thanks to everyone for your responses. Yes, I do cheerlead. I practice for 2-3 hours 2x week with games 1-2x per week. I gained the majority of my extra weight during the off season while studying Europe (everything was so delicious!). It probably seems like with this sort of exercise I would be in great shape but the truth is that I wind up starving all day and then binging. My main issues are as follows:
1) no kitchen (dorm room) so I eat out or at the cafeteria where the food is mostly unhealthy, I can't see the ingredients, and the calories are hard to track.
2) insomnia which makes me tired during the day and not feeling like exercising but also starving at night because I'm away until very late.
3) a hectic schedule where I'm frequently running around and not able to sit down and eat properly.
4) I'm a college senior so most of my friends only want to go to bars and obvisouly alcohol is high in calories.

I just want to clarify that I'm not trying to blame everything on circumstance, most college students live this way. I'm just looking for low calorie, filling snacks. I'm also working to change my relationship with food and my body. Obviously this is not an overnight process but I'm grateful for your advice.

11/10/13 11:46 A

If you are consuming fewer calories than your body is burning you can lose muscle, OR you can lose fat; OR you can lose muscle and fat, OR you can lose muscle and therefore a greater percentage of your weight can be from fat. But you can not really lose muscle and gain fat. Since fat is a storage form of consuming too many calories. It is impossible.

Also muscle does not weigh more than fat. If you have a pound of muscle and a pound of fat---they weigh the same---16 ounces. Now in the body, muscle is more compact and takes up less space. So a person can be workingout, losing fat and building muscle. The scale may give the same reading; but one can be losing inches and clothes fitting more loosely--because the muscle takes up less space in the body than does the body fat.

Hope this helps to clarify.
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11/10/13 8:24 A

I am just trying to tell you what the poster meant. I did not look at your nutrition tracker because I am just trying to help answer a question.

Perhaps this is the way I should put it: you will lose weight but the weight will be muscle mass instead of fat because of a nutrient deficit. As I sit here I am looking at a person who weighs maybe 90 pounds. She has no muscle mass. She eats about 700 calories a day. She does not get all that her body needs either calorie or nutrient wise. She is a skeleton. We don't want you to end up like that or become ill because of this. They started out losing the muscle and gaining fat but eventually their bodies just used all of those stores up. There are stages to the starvation. Maybe you are not starving yourself but consistently below calories a lot will cause weight gain, unfortunately.

Remember - you posted for help. I was just trying to answer a question.

Good luck on your journey. I wish you the best! :)

Edited by: SELENITYLUNARE at: 11/10/2013 (08:26)
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11/10/13 4:32 A

If that was true you wouldn't see skeletal people who got that thin from not eating enough, would you? If that was true then people who are anorexic would be gaining fat, not starving to death.
I'm not saying it's the healthy way to go and, if you look at my nutrition tracker you will see that it is not what I do, but what you are saying just doesn't make any sense and is scientifically untrue.
The problem with perpetuating that myth is that, if someone is TRULY eating very low calorie and they are not losing weight then the best advice they can be given is to see a physician because at very low calorie diets people should absolutely be losing weight rapidly.

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11/10/13 3:59 A

Muscle will be lost and fat will be gained. So you may lose weight but muscle weighs more than fat so you could lose 1 cup of muscle and gain 4 cups of fat!

I just use cups because it's a basic unit of measurement, heh.

But that is what will happen. Ever seen those living skeletons in the nursing homes and hospitals?


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11/10/13 3:40 A

JUSTIMEEM...What does that mean?

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/10/13 2:52 A

Be aware of where you will loose those pounds when you go under 1200.

Edited by: JUSTIMEEM at: 11/10/2013 (02:54)
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11/9/13 10:16 P

Get rid of the carbs/empty calories (apple juice, tortilla) and eat more vegetables, protein and whole grains.

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11/9/13 8:09 P

You sound like you live a pretty active lifestyle, in which case 1250 calories probably isn't enough. Being hungry sounds like your body is trying to tell you this.

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11/7/13 5:52 P

Nuts and such are good snacks because they do fill you up.
It is simply untrue that you won't lose weight eating under 1200 calories. I'm not saying it's a good idea but it is simply not true.
If you are hungry you should eat.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/7/13 5:15 P

A goal way to aggressive for the beginning of a calorie based diet.
First of all: never ever ever eat under 1200 calories / day (if your goal is to loose weight, you WON'T if you go under 1200). And here is a link that will make it mire clear to you:

The secret is slow but constant progress.
An example:
Begin with one month of 2000 calories / day.
Continue with a second month of 1800 calories / day.
Go on with a third month of 1700 calories / day.
4th month - 1600 calories / day.
.... so on and so forth ...
until you reach your goal of 1200.

You'll see that your body will slowly adapt and you won't feel the urge to binge.

Edited by: JUSTIMEEM at: 11/8/2013 (08:27)
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11/5/13 8:40 P

I noted on your SparkPage that you are also into Cheer-leading. That being the case, I would imagine that you are using a lot of energy, in which case 1250 calories daily would be far too low. Remember, that 1200 calories is for an average weight woman (which you appear to be) who is sedentary!

Remember, eating your calories is much better than drinking them - far more filling! The fluid can be obtained with no calories and no additives via water, or make an herbal tea.

I also suggest leaving a few calories for a filling, evening snack, seeing you go to be rather late.


11/5/13 7:23 P

While I am not aware of your height and age; 1250 calories daily is very low for someone wishing to go from 137# to 120#.

I imagine if you plug in your info here at SP, you will get a calorie range of 1200-1550....which seems much more appropriate and doable.

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11/5/13 6:27 P

Do you exercise? I personally don't recommend eating calories any lower than 1,500 calories, especially if you're a college student. I'm one too and according to my Nutrition book the average person burns around 1,200 just existing during their daily lives as long as they aren't just sitting on the couch all day.

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11/5/13 3:41 P

You may want to think about adding some sort of protein shake. Protein will help you to feel fuller longer.

11/5/13 2:22 P

Thanks for your advice. I definitely see the point about the cheese and the avocado. I think that I might not have done a great estimation of the calories in my wrap, especially because I wound up just eating the inside. I eat most of my meals at my university cafeteria so I had to make an estimation about the calories in the wrap based on what others on My Fitness Pal has listed. Also I mixed the apple juice with water which I forgot about.

As far as the snacks, I just feel like low calorie snacks don't keep me full. I cheerlead and have practice twice a week and games 1-2x per week and I'm always starving. I try air popped popcorn, low-cal fruit, etc. when I don't need to do much physical activity but when I am working out it just doesn't feel like enough. Also when I study I often find myself thinking about food because if I'm even a little bit hungry it makes it hard to concentrate.

Oh, and yes, they are spaced. The yogurt was breakfast and the juice and wrap were lunch.

Edited by: KATETHEGREAT92 at: 11/5/2013 (14:23)
RKING10 Posts: 152
11/5/13 2:02 P

I agree with the above poster. You drank 110 of your calories...if you hadn't had the apple juice-you could've had a 500 calorie addition-when I was going to classes, I had to break it up.I ate a multitude of 100 calorie snacks a day-and just had a big dinner at the end of the day. Try to get more of your calories from a protein source so you can stay fuller longer.

Also look at your choices and options.
You can have an egg white wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, 2 pieces of bacon, american cheese, and veggies for under 300 calories if you purchase the right brands-and it'll have a decent amount of protein to get you on with your day.

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
11/5/13 1:40 P

Is this just one meal or are you spacing these items out somehow? A few tips:

Eat an apple instead of drinking apple juice - it will keep you fuller longer and has less calories and more fiber

Try eliminating either the avocado or cheese in the wrap - both are fat sources which also equal added calories...personally I would keep the avocado since it has good fats and nutrients

Space your meals out evenly and throw some low calorie snacks in between (carrots, celery, an orange, etc.)

Edited by: MAGTASTIC103 at: 11/5/2013 (13:41)
11/5/13 1:30 P

I'm using my fitness pal which wants me to stick to a 1250 calorie per day diet.

Here is what I've eaten so far today:
Chobani greek 0% honey yogurt - 130 cals
egg white wrap (w/ avocado, egg whites, veggies, swiss cheese, tortilla) 520
apple juice (no sugar added) 110

This leaves me with only 490 calories left for my day. I'm a college student and I have to stay up late and there is no way I can make it until bedtime on 490. I usually wind up night binging. Any advice?

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