That's exactly it. I was stuck at 1400 calories for a very long time. Started working with a coach who moved me up to 1650 on average. Body fat started dropping pretty darned quick. And, with the workouts he had me on, I actually gained a little muscle. It amazed me.
Having said all of this, people are often eating more than they realize. This usually happens when they guess instead of actually measuring.
Try going back to that blog and using the calculators and formula. You might be surprised what you find out.
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I didn't say people who eat below their BMR won't lose weight. I say people on a reduced calorie diet (for weight-loss purposes) can lower their metabolisms just enough to stop the weight loss process. There is a difference.
For sure, if someone starves themselves their bodies will have no choice but to go into fat stores, muscle stores, and whatever else it needs to survive. I was talking about people who are unwittingly eating just below their BMR. It's a lot more energy-saving for the body to simply lower the metabolism than to use stored fat for energy. The body does this with anorexics, too. That's why they don't move very fast. But it can't compensate enough to make up the difference, so they get thinner.
I didn't go into all of this in the blog because 1.) the blog was already long enough and 2.) Spark is focused on those trying to lose weight, not anorexics and super models. Had it been, I'd of explained all of this. But then again, There wouldn't have been any need for the blog at all.
Oh, and there are models who DO stop losing and then gain weight. Check out the book "Hungry" by Crystal Wrenn. It's how she got started in plus-sized modeling.
This isn't just my hypothesis. I don't go around spouting out stuff I suppose (at least, not without saying it's my guess and not backed scientifically). I am sincerely trying to help people and do my research. I don't pass along advice unless it both is scientifically sound AND it sounds reasonable to me. I tend to look at stuff with a very critical eye. I had to live the "eat more to lose weight" stuff to finally believe it.
Hey! Thank you for the comment on my Flawed Study blog.
To answer your question, I am quoting from a blog I did a couple of years back:
"The biggest..... no.... scratch that.... The SOLE cause I've seen of stalled weight loss in a reduced-calorie diet is people eating less than their BMR. When you eat too little, your body slows down it's metabolism in an act of self-preservation in case you should suddenly become comatose. If you raise it to just above your BMR you will actually burn more calories than the added number you are consuming. People have a hard time believing me on this one, until they actually start DOING it. Then they are simply amazed!"
Here is a link to the whole blog, if you want a long read (it's full of information. And I'm sorry you'll have to cut and paste- Spark won't let me post a live link here): http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=3931594