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Doctors Visit

Monday, April 23, 2012

I went to see my doctor this week to talk about my weight. She ran all of my labs and I went back for the results. She looked over my test results and told me that my blood pressure and my cholesterol levels were great. She basically told me that I am a healthy over weight woman. Isn't that ironic lol. So that was the good news. The bad news was when she told me that my BMI was 51. She also said that my BMI makes me a candidate for bariatric surgery. I was mortified and very embarassed. I never expected her to say that. It was a complete wake up call. So she told me that I could lose the weight on my own if I follow her diet plan. Her plan is to restrict my calorie intake to 800 calories a day eating every three hours, with no fat over 2.5 grams. I made an appointment for two weeks to track my progress. The problem that I have with this is that I am so HUNGRY!! I am feeling a bit unsure of myself. I am not sure that I can stick with such a restricted diet. I am not even sure if this is reasonable because I always thought if you restrict your calories too much your body goes into starvation mode. Does anyone have any thoughts on this because I am feeling a little clueless.
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PAIGER2010 5/11/2012 5:12PM

  My uncle went on a similar diet and he lost a lot of weight....but, once the diet was over he immediately bounced back to his original weight plus more. I wouldn't recommend it, because often the doctor's diet lasts for x amount of months and isn't a life change. I think if you eat healthy and have a reasonable amount of caloric intake everyday and have that life choice difference you would be better off. Besides just a fun fact your brain alone on average consumes 1000 calories just to function.

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LOVEXAVIE 5/6/2012 9:11PM

  Hi Jessica.

Please, please rethink your drs advise on the 800 calories. This has been my 3rd attempt at wt loss (gained it back the first 2 x's). This time, I did it the sane and rational way and it has been te easiest of all 3 times. Even at my age (late 40's). What's best is that because it's so sane, I'm not going bonkers & out of my mind w/ hunger, stress, anxiety, etc.

Both x's before, I went too low in calories and that's NOT sustainable. If you can't live your whole life like that, don't attempt it now. You'll just set yourself up for more grief and disappointment, PLUS likely lower your metabolism.
Dr's are human, too - they have opinions as we all do. Five different drs may have five different approaches to te same problem.

This just doesn't pass the smell test.

I remember, before I began my journey, in a Jan issue of O magazine where Oprah was talking about yet again trying to manage her weight (even the rich & famous can have these struggles). I recall her dr. told her she "just had to get used to being hungry."
WTH?? Here's supposedly a great dr (cause Miss O can afford the best) telling her a bunch of crock!

I say, if you're always hungry, you're doing it wrong!

Not trying to disrespect your physician, but drs are fallible, too.

At the very least, get a second or third opinion. Trust your gut (boy do you learn that as you get older)! You need every bit of sanity you have just raising six children - why put an unnecessary 800 cal burden on yourself?
Something else to consider: how does this communicate to your kids how to eat? It's probably more beneficial for them to have / see a happy mom who's trying to eat normal & healthy w/ lots of fresh fruit & veggies than a stressed out hungry mom understandably cranky because all she gets is 800 calories.

Whatever you choose, I wish you well. Your blog struck a chord w/me...I felt so much of what you felt! I am no dr by any means / never went to med school but I have been there / done that w/ weight loss and for me, common sense was all the difference this time. I know we're al individuals & what works for one may not work for all but please give this some thought.

Best of luck to you and I am cheering for you!

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ST0RMEEZ 5/4/2012 1:47PM

    I am eating about 800-1000 calories a day now. I'm having no problems with it. I have a way of tricking myself into thinkin I'm getting all those lovely foods I'm not eating anymore. Instead of a regular slice of bread, choose something like Natures Own Double Fiber wheat. That's 20 calories & 6g fiber versus 100 calories & 0 fiber. Substitute a Boca or Morningstar (fake) burger before eating a ground beef hamburger. Load it up with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and use 1 Tbsp steak sauce, and your body thinks you're having a real burger, but you've drastically reduced your calories and increased your fiber intake. Do you like beans? There are so many ways you can make beans and get the protein you need, as well as that fiber. When you have a taco, use a wheat shell (or one of those high fiber ones found in stores) and fill with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, etc.... instead of the usual version of tacos. Investigate spices....Mrs Dash, Red Pepper flakes (if you like them), garlic, and any other that gets your fancy. When you get a sweet tooth, eat half a banana, an apple or an orange. You can still eat - but choosing wisely with food choices that have better statistics (always read your food label) can enable you to feel like you're not depriving yourself. Knowing what's on your food labels empowers you! You can do it! Never give up!

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LYRICAL70 5/4/2012 8:38AM

  Thank you so much for sharing. I have been self sabatoging too and I needed to read this today.

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 5/4/2012 4:19AM

    I just read this blog. Sounds a bit low in calories to me also. Good luck in your weight loss journey. Have you joined some Spark Teams? Hugs Sandy

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DCHICKEN7 5/4/2012 12:21AM

    That too low! Eat healthy and well-balanced. Lots and lots of yummy veggies, fresh fruit and nice whole foods - not just lettuce! Just make a switch to that permanent lifestyle and the weight will come off. Of course, regular exercise too. I would get a second opinion! Someone who knows nutrition.

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ALIHIKES 5/3/2012 7:19PM

    Sorry but I don't think your doctor is giving you good advice. 800 calories is EXTREMELY low and not healthy. I went hiking with my friend who was on a similar low calorie diet (800-900) and telling us all how wonderful it was, she keeled over in a dead faint, and we had to take her to the ER. They did lots of very expensive tests because she appeared to be suffering a heart attack (pale, clammy skin, dizzy, feeling extremely ill). Eventually they diagnosed TOO FEW CALORIES leading to fainting, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration. SparkPeople recommended calorie ranges match what my doctor advises.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/3/2012 5:05PM

    I find it much easier to cut out the simple carbs which I call the " White Foods " sugar white rice white flour all the really processed foods. Avoid the fast foods and restaurants. None of the munchy food we like. Eat fruits tons of veggies and lean meats. Continue your 30 minute a day exercise ( and this can be broken into 10 minute increments ) and if you don't lose weight I would be shocked. You can do this. Track your food always and your exercise. Do it one day at a time.

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GAIA2JOE 5/3/2012 3:32PM

    I wish I had seen this a week or so ago. Yes. I have thoughts on it. You can do anything for a month. I see in your post a lot of negativity and doubt. That is what I believe sets you up for failure. Not the 800 calories a day. You can do this. And you can teach your body that it doesn't need so much. Did your doctor tell you to eat more protein? What about watching carbs, etc.? Get clarification on what she intends. You deserve it. This is YOU we're talking about! But, you can do anything for a month. And when that month is through, you will be amazed at how far you've come and be ready for the next leg of the journey! Be positive. You CAN do this.

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BERKCHIK 5/3/2012 2:44PM

    I hope you didn't listen to her. That's crazy! We're not robots, able to turn off our basic needs in order to meet some ridiculously restrictive goal that THEY think is reasonable.

If you did listen and you've been on 800 cals for a while, god bless you. I send you encouragement!

But you can lose the weight any way you want, in a way that works for you.



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STHOMAS68 5/3/2012 2:09PM

  Wow...800 is awful low....My hubby and I were placed on a 1200 cal diet with no more then 15% fat a day. I would trust your own instincts on your calorie intake. I have discovered one thing that helps me is I eat alot of catabolic foods along with my regular meals and I do get lots of excercise too. Keep up the good work hun.
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BEYOURBEST1 5/3/2012 1:18PM

    800 calories is too low. SP recommends a calorie range that is healthy for your weight, go with that. The best part about the beginning of the journey is that SP gives you an appropriate calorie range where you will not be hungry and you will lose weight.
Think of getting healthy. You need to be consistent and persistent, and you need a program that is healthy for you and sustainable. 800 cals/ day is not healthy or sustainable in the long term.
I wish you all the best on your weight loss journey. You can do it.


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IVANAERNMORE 5/3/2012 12:37PM

  1st - you feel like my Sparkpeople twin (from your pic - I'm about same size & also want to lose 100 lb; I'm 5'4 and 231), I too am a mom (of only 2 though) & always put myself & workout last. I've joined Sparkpeople & done nothing 4 a year, then intermittently tracking,etc, but in my email today was your blog post as a post of the day & something just clicked with me - the self saboutage, etc. Hang in there!

2nd - re 800 calorie diet, I agree it is VERY low and seems more appropriate for someone with only 20lb or so to lose. However, if you wanted to try it for a week, it sounds very much like an 810 calorie diet I did with a company called "Weight Loss Clinic" about 20 years ago (later bought out by Diet Center), and I was much thinner then, went from 170 to 145 in 2 mos on this 810 calorie diet & kept off for a few years. The key was the balance of their diet; it did fill me up, although even then I still allowed myself one to two cups of coffee with half & half a day. This is- basically an exchange system. I don't know if similar to your doctor's, but here it is (I remember precisely):

Breakfast: 1 fruit (40 calories or less), 1 "protein entree" (3 oz of very lean protein, equivalents included 2/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese, 2 eggs, 1 egg + 1/3 cup cottage cheese, etc--providing at least 15 g protein and about 150 calories).

Lunch: 1 protein entree, 1 vegetable (20 calories or less serving, typically 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked of a non-starchy veggie, 1/3 cup non green ones like of onions, carrots, turnips, etc), 1 fruit

Dinner: 1 protein entree, 2 vegetables

Also allowed in addition to above (at anytime or added to meals): 1 more fruit serving, 1 more vegetable serving, 1 milk serving (80 calories, nonfat, could be yogurt or other dairy equivalent), 1 starch serving (80 calories worth, e.g., 2 slices diet bread, 2/3 cup cold lowsugar cereal, etc).

So the full daily diet is 9 oz protein (450 cal), 4 veggies (80 cal) 3 fruits (120 cal), 1 dairy (80 cal), 1 starch (80 cal) for a total of 810. Very low indeed. But, if you add another dairy and perhaps 1 or 2 more starches, you get above 1000 cals and it starts looking more normal.... curious about how the doctor asked you to divide the 800 calories?



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PMFISH 5/3/2012 12:19PM

    Jessica, you know your body better than anyone else. Do not set yourself up for failure again. Log your food intake, every morsel on Spark, see how much your calorie, fat, carbohydrates, intake really is. This can be a wake up call in itself. Walking is exercise! You are doing this for YOU! Get yourself some good protein powder to mix with fat free milk or water to stave off the starving feeling. An excellent breakfast is 1/4 oatmeal, 2 tbs. ground flax seed, protein powder, ground chi seeds, with fresh fruit - strawberries or blueberries. It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare, but will last you at least 4 hours before you think about easting again. If your BMI is that high, try and limit your calorie intake between 1200 to 1500. Plan your meals and your successes will surprise you.
You are way too young to give up on yourself. Read the blogs of those that succeeded. Think of how good you will feel physically and mentally as you are making progress. Your older self will thank you for being so wise to take this time and making your future even bright! No one deserves it more!! Go Girl, you can and will do this!!

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BJPENNY70 5/3/2012 11:50AM

    You need at least 1200 calories a day or you body will go into a starvation mode. You body need good fat. Especially the heart and brain. Your doctor should know that. I think your doctor is nuts. If you eat the right amount of carbs, fat, protein, & calories, you won't feel hungry. Exercise needs to be in there somewhere, too. Sparkpeople can calculate the calories, protein, fats, and carbs you will need. If you use the My Nutrition Tracker you can easily manage your meals and snacks for everyday. I wish you great success.

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POPCORNCARLA 5/3/2012 11:15AM

  No wonder you feel hungry, unsatisfied; you are. 800 Calories is too low, even as a starting point. What worked for me was slowly dropping things from my diet but not really giving up anything. It's taken some re-training (and a continuous struggle) but i try this one simple thing; stop eating when I'm full. No one more bite because it's so good, or i don't want to waste it, etc. By stopping when i'm full I find that i usually have leftovers for another meal too. If i used to eat 2 slices of pizza i only ate 1 and added a salad. I discovered 98% fat free lower calorie frozen custard tastes remarkably like regular custard and that ordering a small or a kids cup satisfies my craving and i don't feel deprived. Over the course of time, smaller portions and changes in my taste buds i now rarely crave burgers, fries, pizza, etc. and if i do i know it's okay in moderation.

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3RDTIMECHARM11 5/3/2012 10:42AM

    Totally agreeing with others. Eating that low calorie diet, you might mess up with your metabolism. In fact I *always* gain weight if I *don't* eat enough. While I was breast feeding my kids I never get enough calories and body would just store up. Once I started logging in nutrition tracker that's what I found out. Even now I barely make up to the bottom range of calories keeping that ratio of carbs:fats:protein. I usually lose weight only after my rest day with high calorie.

If you really want to go low calorie you should do calorie cycling and eat very high calorie food twice a week at least. There is a calorie cycling spark team if you want to look in to it.

Do not worry about losing it slow, I'm such a turtle when it comes to weight loss but for sure I have stopped gaining and lost close to 20 lbs in 4 months. That's really great for me because I feel I have successfully figured out a way to lose weight without making any drastic change. That is what a lifestyle change is, I guess.

Good luck with everything!

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3RDTIMECHARM11 5/3/2012 10:36AM

    Totally agreeing with others. Eating that low calorie diet, you might mess up with your metabolism. In fact I *always* gain weight if I *don't* eat enough. While I was breast feeding my kids I never get enough calories and body would just store up. Once I started logging in nutrition tracker that's what I found out. Even now I barely make up to the bottom range of calories keeping that ratio of carbs:fats:protein. I usually lose weight only after my rest day with high calorie.

If you really want to go low calorie you should do calorie cycling and eat very high calorie food twice a week at least. There is a calorie cycling spark team if you want to look in to it.

Do not worry about losing it slow, I'm such a turtle when it comes to weight loss but for sure I have stopped gaining and lost close to 20 lbs in 4 months. That's really great for me because I feel I have successfully figured out a way to lose weight without making any drastic change. That is what a lifestyle change is, I guess.

Good luck with everything!

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AHAVAH123 5/3/2012 10:21AM

    I usually take a doctors advice as a "suggestion".
No offense to doctors, but they are human and can
make mistakes also. I take what they say and do alot
of my own research and then decide if it is best for me.
I agree with so may others. 800, to me, could only be
setting you up for frustration and failure, even though
it may have been well intended. Best wishes for finding
out what is best for you!!

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HOTCYANIDE 5/3/2012 10:15AM

    That is a crazy diet!
My friend lost 100 lbs following the Food Addicts Anonymous plan which is also the plan I'm following. Its clean diet - protein, cooked veggies, salad - no sugar no flour though. but sugar and flour aren't good for you anyway hehe. I'm not sure how to private message, because I'm new to SP, but I can share the plan with you and would be happy to be an accountability partner with you.

Your blog from a few weeks ago was very inspiring. I got it in my email and its just what I needed to start my day - thank you for that.

Please do not let ANYONE tell you that you need to follow such a restricted diet or shakes or junk like that. Its simply dangerous. Our bodies need nutrients! Honestly, this is a recipe for you to feel wiped out and is not do-able long term.

IMO following a healthy diet with clean food, cardio exercise for weigh loss, strength training to replace lost muscle mass is the healthiest way to lose weight and get what you want. Its a way of life that you can maintain FOREVER.

If you lose weight in an unhealthy manner you can have permanent hair loss, saggy skin, poor ashy complexion, gallstones, and other serious medical challenges. There are a lot of thin people that are not healthy.

Anyway - contact me if you are interested in the eating plan. I have some pictures of my meals on my spark page.

It's a lifelong journey not a race. Its a practice not a perfect. Be blessed.

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MSILVER94 5/3/2012 9:27AM

    Yeah, that is crazy!! I've ALWAYS heard for a woman the LOWEST you can go a day is 1200 because that is the minimum amount of calories you burn just sustaining your daily fuctions. I am shocked that a doctor said 800 calories for until you lose 100lbs. I could see if you were going for a surgery in a week or two and needed to lose weight quick to have the surgery but not as a permanent, long term diet. Best of luck to you! I agree you should stick to 1200- adding more fruits and veggies to fill you up without adding extra calories and you'll do great!...and honestly when I first started out I didn't go straight to 1200. I worked myself down. To be the weight I was I had to at least be eating 2500 calories a day so going down to 2000, 1700, 1500 over time I got results.

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LRSILVER 5/3/2012 9:23AM

    As others have stated; I think you need to follow the spark people calorie counts, based on your activity. Being on such a restricted diet at 800 calories, is both difficult to follow, will leave you starving, may not have all the essential nutrients, and puts your body in starvation mode; where it holds on to the weight. If you are hungry all the time, it will be more difficult for you. I feel for you. I think that if you eat between 1200-1600 calories a day and increase your exercise; you will lose a safe amount of weight every month; and not be starving.

Good luck. Hugs.

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LIVINTODAY 5/3/2012 9:23AM

    Your doctor may be using 800 calories to kick start your weight loss. I would think she will increase it in increments. Most doctors say not to stay under 1200 calories for any extended period of time. Patients have had great weight loss results, though, even on very restricted liquid diets under medical supervision.

It is important not to be miserable though. Upping your exercise can allow you to increase your calorie intake too. The SparkPeople recommendations may take longer but you will have a better chance of success than trying to stay on a strick 800 calorie diet for a long t ime.

Whatever you decide to do, come to sparkpeople for support and inspiration - we'll all help! Tip: If you stand up and march in place through every commercial in an hour-long TV show, you will have gotten about 25-30 minutes of exercise. It all adds up.
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JOANNEF908 5/3/2012 9:12AM

    Use the Spark People resources. Track all of your food and exercise in SP. Based on your weight, you'll get a calorie range for each day and it's going to be a lot more than 800 calories! Tracking will show you how many carbs, fat and protien you should have each day (also a range). They also have meal plans available. Get the book The Spark. It lays out a much safer and realistic way to approach a healthy lifestyle. What your doctor is recommending is unrealistic, unsafe and not sustainable. By making one small change at a time, it'll become habit, natural and feel right. Every small step in the right direction makes you healthier.

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BTVMADS 5/3/2012 8:02AM

    WOW. I cannot believe a doctor would recommend that restricted of a diet. That's straight out of the 60s! Such a small amount of calories will leave you RAVENOUS, especially without any fat. Eating carbohydrates makes insulin spike and then drop, making you hungry again. You need a balanced diet with plenty of plants, high quality protein, and naturally occurring fats (such as those found in meat, nuts, avocados, and dairy -- NOT those in canola/ soybean oils). I lost 50lbs eating that way -- no drastic measures required.

I would suggest finding a nutritionist/ dietician who can help you find a way of eating that is healthy, manageable, and delicious! I would also suggest you do some of your own research. The books "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes and "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan CHANGED my entire relationship with food. They would give you some really good talking points to bring up with your doctor next time she wants to prescribe such an unhealthy diet.

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URLEEC 5/3/2012 7:59AM

    Another thing about such a low-calorie diet is that it's not teaching you how to live healthfully. You can't help but think that when the time is done you won't have changed the habits that put on the weight and you'll go right back to them.

That's why I like the Spark People nutrition tracker. You don't just track your calories. You can track all sorts of things like protein, fiber, sodium, calcium, etc......
You'll get a real feel for what healthy eating looks like at the same time that you are also tracking your exercise. You can watch how your body feels as you are able to do more and feel better.
It's a huge self esteem boost to see yourself getting healthier. I hope you stick with it because you deserve to feel great about yourself.
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JOYCRN 5/3/2012 7:20AM

    I am an RN in a family practice office so we see the results of eating too much and under activity every day so I am so glad that you are going to work on this before you do have health problems. However I believe the advice from these other Spark People members is more sound than what your doctor has given you.

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 4/25/2012 9:05AM

    I believe that anything under 1200 calories is not healthy no matter who is telling you it is. I know your doctor wants you to lose weight, but losing it that quickly is not healthy. Obviously your health is good for now, so it isn't like there are pressing issues that makes it warrant getting rid of 100 lbs that quickly. my advice, track your food intake for a week. See how many calories you are really eating. I know hwen I first started this, I was eating well over 3000 a day. Even just dropping it down to 2000 calories helped me to lose about 2lb s a week for 6 months. If you are working out, your body needs fuel. Your body needs a certain amount of calories to function anyway. I did my basal rate metabolism and my body needs at least 2000 calories a day to function, just daily functions as well as keeping up with my workouts. I would question your doctor if this is safe, what is the motive behind it. if she is talking about bariactric surgery she might be getting kick backs for every patient she advises to do this. I know it sounds terrible but doctors get kickbacks for medicines that they choose to use, they get free samples, etc. it wouldn't surprise me is this doctor gets something for getting people to have this surgery. It worries me that she wants you to be on such a restrictive diet that makes you hungry. Because all it is going to do is make you sabotage yourself eventually by going on a binge. Lean protein, dairy and fiber all help to keep me full. I calorie cycle as well. two low range days, two high range days and rest middle range days. I mix it up everyday so my body never knows what I will be doing same goes with my exercise routine, always varying it up. that way my body can't get used to what i'm eating or what i'm doing for exercise.

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JESSICAGARCIA30 4/24/2012 10:02PM

    Thanks for all of the advice. I really do like my doctor but I am not feeling comfortable about only 800 calories a day. I did ask her how long I was supposed to live off of 800 calories and she said until I drop to my ideal BMI which is over a hundred pounds. I let her know that I didnt think I would be able to stick with it and she told me not to sabotage myself. I havent started her diet plan yet. I think I will shoot for eating more fruits and veggies and keeping my calories around 1200.

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ELECTRICITY3699 4/24/2012 11:09AM

    I'm not a professional but I would not believe this doctor. Ask to see a nutritionist and get some background on why she thinks only 800 calories is a good idea. It is unhealthy to drop below 1200 calories and it's not always wise to lose weight too quickly either because like the others said, most of the time it just comes back.

the other thing that worries me is if you are working out. If you are and you are burning several hundred calories you are actually doing more damage than good and putting your body into starvation mode. I made this mistake. I was eating 1200 a day, burning 800-1000 per day working out (yes, pretty intense 2-3hr sessions) and I was gaining weight, got really sick (hospital sick), frequent dizzy spells, etc. All it boiled down to was being at a deficit for too long.

Please question your doctor and get some answers. If she can back up what and why and has creditials to support her theories than great. But if not, get another opinion from a dr who has a background in nutrition for your own benefit.

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GEMINISUE 4/24/2012 8:22AM

    I believe because of your high BMI, she wants you to lose quickly, so you don't get health problems in the near future. What this does is send a message to your brain that you are starving, so your brain knows to burn the fat NOW. The quicker you lose the FAT, the more chance you have of "staying healthy".

Let's say there is a RED LINE on a floor, you went to the doctor, she said all is well but......if she sent you home thinking all is okay, your next visit might mean your crossing over that red line and you have diabetes or high blood pressure or clogged arteries, I SAY work it, then in a few weeks or even now, ask her what is her plan for you after you lose your weight, so you learn to eat the right portions, the right number of servings and the right number of calories to maintain the weight she says you should be. If she has this answer, all is fine if she doesn't and says I'll tell you about it when you get there, so I need to know now, as I am worried about getting such a low amount of calories, if still no answer, I would find another doctor, I'm guessing she will give you answers, things have changed from many years ago.

Hugs
Linda

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DREENAMT 4/24/2012 12:48AM

    Hi Jessia; usually very low calorie diets are medically supervised and use meal replacements (which are more filling than "regular" food.) I would try another doctor if you are not being medically supervised as you need to be watching for ketosis (muscle wasting) and other issues.

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AHARRIS02 4/23/2012 10:04PM

    I have to agree with the other two. My doctor has never told me to go on a 800 calorie diet. She has suggested a 1600 calorie diet. I would do some research on it, before tryin it. I think being hungry all the time is not going to be good. How long did the doctor tell you to be on this diet for?

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NATURESDELIGHT 4/23/2012 9:24PM

    My heartcgoes out to you. This new diet doesnt sound safe or one you can live wih if i was you id find another dr to see you have a wright to a second opion. My health isnt good. I see lot of def dr an if im not satisfied with one ill either get a second opion an i may just fire that dr. The thing is drs provide a service we need so essentuially we have to reminder we have wrights a second opion an or fire that dr an hire another one. (Stepping down off soap box. Sorry lol)

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CYNDIDOT 4/23/2012 8:43PM

  I hate to disagree with your doctor, but.... I have done the low calorie, super low fat, dr. supervised diets before. I did lose a LOT of weight, and I lost it quickly. Over 80 lbs in less than 6 months. the problem was, as soon as I started eating normal I immediately gained the weight back. If you are hungry all the time, you are more likely to eat something that is not health, and essentially sabotage yourself.

Here I am 15 years later, starting over. This time I am trying to lose the weight the right way, watching my intake and working out daily. I had a similar experience with a doctor last year, every time I saw her, she would recommend bariatric surgery, like it was perfect solution for me. I was extremely insulted, and embarrassed. I told her bariatric surgery would only fix the problem temporarily. I knew I was not eating healthy, I was drinking sodas (full sugar), etc., and surgery wouldn't change that. I would rather work hard and lose the weight the right way, and be able to eat a great meal when I want it, than to have the surgery and spend the next several years only eating a few bites at a time.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope it works for you. I have found this site extremely helpful for me. Being able to see other people's success stories, the tips, etc. Hang in there, it is so worth it in the end.

Best of Luck to you!

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JESSICAGARCIA30 4/23/2012 8:41PM

    I thought so but she is a doctor and I just wasn't sure. I really want to lose weight without surgery so I thought that I would try anything lol.

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PATTOMMC3 4/23/2012 8:38PM

    You need a minimum of 1200-1400 calories to function! You cannot live on 800 calories! Of course you are hungry! You should be eating 3 small meals of 400 calories or so and two snacks of around a hundred calories each. You should avoid processed food and high fat foods. Eating only 800 calories a day is setting you up for failure! When I lost my 107 pounds I ate between 1500-1800 calories a day, but 90% of those calories came from wholesome fresh foods and lean cuts of meat. I cannot tell you to not listen to your doctor but I am concerned that this will hurt you rather than help. If you google the American Diabetes association, they have a wonderful simple diet plan (I should know because it is what helped me lose the weight). Take care and God Bless

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