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4/25/12 9:16 A

I agree wholeheartedly! I often think that people are so quick to say "starvation mode" as an excuse or an easy answer, when it isn't either. Our bodies are complicated things, and can adjust to all kinds of things. You won't go into "starvation mode" after a few days or a week or even longer of minimal eating. Your metabolism will slow down over time, as you have noted, and that causes all kinds of issues once you start eating more again. To me (and this may not be phrased well), if you're body is truly in "starvation mode" you are probably eating so unhealthily that you are on the border of battling an eating disorder. I am not saying that to be judgemental, just that your mind/body has gone to such an extreme that, as you have noted, there are all kinds of mental/physiological negatives going on that need to be addressed...

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4/25/12 6:55 A

"My biggest irritation is that any time someone points out that people lose weight on starvation, and that by starving yourself , you will lose weight eventually, they are treated like they are attacking, not making a point. "

Yes, people will eventually lose weight. (You and I have both- to some degree- have experienced this)

But is it ethically correct to tell someone that they will eventually lose weight without telling them about the psychological effects that might occur?

COACH Dean wrote about starvation mode here:

He wrote that people do lose weight:

"But this drop in metabolic rate is not enough to stop weight loss or fat loss completely (otherwise it would be impossible for people to starve)."

and he also wrote about the negative effects:

“ You probably will not get the right combination of vitamins, minerals, other micronutrients, fiber, and macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein) you need to maintain good health and adequate energy levels for your daily activity.
“ You may begin to suffer significant psychological and physical problems, including obsession with food and eating, agitation, stress-related hormonal imbalances, sleep and mood disturbances, difficulties with concentration and attention, and fatigue.
“ You may compromise the functioning of your immune system, making it more likely that you’ll catch colds and flus, be more susceptible to long-term problems associated with inflammatory processes (like atherosclerosis), and experience other avoidable health problems."

I think the psychological and physical effects should be mentioned when someone is stating that they are engaging in unhealthy behaviors. The person might have no idea about the negative effects and things like hair loss or lost periods happen months after you start engaging in these extreme diets.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/25/12 4:03 A

I see a lot of posts about people being in starvation mode, and not being able to lose weight, because they eat less than 1200 calories. This is just false. You may take a week to start losing, as your body tends to hold on to your weight for a little while. Bottom line though, is that by cutting calories, you will lose, barring other medical complications.

My biggest irritation is that any time someone points out that people lose weight on starvation, and that by starving yourself , you will lose weight eventually, they are treated like they are attacking, not making a point. Starvation causes weight loss.I know from experience. The year I graduated, I spent the summer eating 1 meal a week, because I wanted to lose weight. From June 1st - August 31st, I went from 317 to 183. I felt great. No "starvation mode" problems at that point. For about one year.

Where starvation mode showed up was as I stopped starving myself. In a year, I weighed 215. My metabolism had slowed down. Your body adjusts to eating less calories, and when you INCREASE the amount, you gain weight. My concern is that many people who are struggling, just attribute it to starvation mode. Eating under 1200 calories is unwise because it is hard to get enough nutrients in so small a diet, but it isn't the reason you aren't losing. If you add calories, which I think you should do, you will probably see a temporary increase on the scale, until such time as your metabolism increases. Then you can figure out what the real problem is, either with your plan, or if it is a medical issue.

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