I did the same thing. Very low calorie intake and lots of exercise. I remember many times sitting in a parking lot crying because I was so weak and dizzy while out walking that I was scared at how I was going to get home. Needless to say this was an unhealthy addiction to losing weight. I lost 55 pounds and guess what...I gained it all plus more back because I didn't LEARN how to lose weight. I learned how to starve myself. Not a lifelong attainable way to live. Eventually your body is in starvation mode and YES, you will lose weight but...you are damaging other functions of your body.
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22,343 4/5/13 8:44 P
1000 Calories is definitely NOT safe!!! I will leave the Diabetes info out because Dietitian Becky has wisely given you a good suggestion.
I will comment tho', that jumping from a 3,000+ calorie diet down like you have WILL set you up for nausea and light-headedness. I was even getting woken in the middle of the night because of this and hunger pains. This happened to me and it was only with a 250-450 cal's per day drop. I had to go back up and drop down in small increments, and let my body adjust before I dropped again. I was starving and so had to pay particular attention to the protein and healthy fats (I always consumed way to little fat previously.)
You need to make an appointment with your doctor asap to discuss a healthy way to go about losing weight, and making sure your diabetes will not be affected in a way that would be harmful. Cutting back all at once may sound good, its not though. Youre probably not getting enough calories, and your body may be kind of shocked and acting weird by the changes you listed. Small gradual changes over time including exercise and food along with factoring in your current health, any medical conditions, and lifestyle into consideration with a doctors help if needed is best for most people. I know my doctor wants me to lose weight, I also know she wouldnt be happy if I made a huge change that wasnt healthy or a good idea.
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92 4/5/13 10:38 A
Is there anyway you can sustain this throughout the duration of your weight loss journey? It's not doable, and you're setting yourself up for failure. We all know what happens when we feel we failed. We gain what we lost plus much more. It's a never-ending cycle and it's not good for you. Have you utilized the SP tools?
You're diabetic and this condition is NOT a joke. You need to eat to maintain your blood sugar levels, because even though it's dangerous when your sugars run high, it's also dangerous when your sugars run low.
As the others have stated, your current plan is not safe, appropriate or sustainable.
Please enter your info here at Sparkpeople. You will get a calorie range for weight loss. You can even select our diabetes program. Make sure you turn on your meal plans. This will give you ideas of what to include in your meals and daily snacks---for not only a healthy weight loss but also good blood sugar control.
SP Dietitian Becky
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2,489 4/5/13 6:58 A
Woah. Why would you drop from 3000 cals to less than 1000 cals, that is incredibly unhealthy. Not to mention not sustainable at all. That is far too low. I eat 1500 cals a day and I'm 5'2 107 lbs.
If you're diabetic, you really need to talk to your doctor and/or a diabetes educator about what you're doing. Feeling dizzy and nauseated is NOT normal and healthy. It's particularly scary in a diabetic, but even for a perfectly healthy, motivated person, eating so little that you feel sick is the kiss of death for your weight loss program. Hunger is pain, and you'd have to be a little bit mentally off to be willing to cause yourself pain every single day for however long it takes to lose the weight. Any normal, healthy human being would quit that after a few days and go back to what makes them not feel pain. In order to stay on a weight loss program long enough to lose what you want to lose, you have to find a calorie level that lets you lose weight but doesn't make you feel like you're starving all the time. Otherwise, any normal person is going to quit, pig out, and end up gaining it all back. With your diabetes diagnosis, you probably qualify for free or inexpensive diabetes classes, and the teacher there can help you find that magic calorie level where you lose weight while still feeling normal.
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115 4/4/13 8:37 P
This diet is pretty low in fiber and 1000 calories is not quite enough. You should still see results with eating 1200-1400 calories per day. You did not gain it all in a few weeks or months, so you will need to be patient with the process if you are serious about the long-term. Are you exercising? That will boost your weight loss and teach your body to burn more calories around the clock. Good luck!
Ok firstly, don't drop below 1200 calories. It won't pay off in the end.
Secondly, yes, it is pretty common to see a dramatic loss in the first week or two. A lot of that loss, however, will be water and uhm.. "bulk" from your digestive tract. So embrace it, enjoy it, don't get too used to it though!! Understand that in most weeks you'll lose a pound or two... and that is well and good and fine and fast enough :)
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I started my diet April 1st (no, that's not a joke). I should mention that I went from about 3000+ calories a day down to under or around 1000 since I started. I'm already down 5.8lbs. I've been kind of worried though, yes I'm really hungry, but I know my stomach'll eventually shrink to accomodate. I'm also diabetic though. I've been feeling really sick (nauseated) and weak the past two days. I want to see results, so I know if I up my caloric intake much more, I'm going to get depressed when I don't lose and want to quit. What do you think's going on? Also, my period has lingered a couple days longer than normal (I'm on the pill and always start and end up on the same day). Is this because of the diet? It's mostly been consisting of granola bar here and there, plenty of oranges, rice krispies for breakfast, lean pockets and smart ones.
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