Too little?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here I am again with the questions on nutrition and exercise.
With all the information I am learning sometimes I get confused and too strict with myself. The good news is I am back on the wagon, motivated and focused.

I was wondering if anyone knows...

I have been tracking my food on spark.
Used a kitchen scale lately to get my portions right. I was very reluctant to get one, but it seems I had some portions all wrong.

I exercise 5-6 times a week (running (25mins) hot yoga (2x) and weight training (2x))

I have a whey protein shake when i train with my trainer so on those days the calorie intake goes up a little. But on average, I consume between 680 -890 cals a day (excluding calories I burn during workouts.)

The reason I am asking is because my body has gone through starvation mode twice without me noticing. Yet, I fear that if I up my calories too high I won't lose weight and if I eat too little my metabolism slows down and my body panics too.

I am a female, 24 years old, 5 foot and 60.8 kg

Is 680 -890 cals too little ?
Do I "always have to eat" at least 1200 cals even when I am not exercising (at all or little)?

Any advice/comment will help me tremendously.
Please please
What would I do without Spark? Seriously seriously

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    Dear all

    I keep tracking my food and have been increasing my calories. I am now in the normal range and the weightloss is back. I am so relieved. I knew something was not right, because I was lacking too much energy at times.

    Now all is well
    Thank you for your advice
    1914 days ago
    The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor. (My gut feeling is that those numbers are low.)
    1914 days ago
    That is low...especially if you're doing all the time. It's almost like you're fasting. I happen to think fasting periodically is great for short periods of time. A good check would be to average your carbs/protein/fats along with other nutrients to make sure your getting a good amount of each for the week and see if you are in the SP range. A healthy lifestyle is about balance! emoticon
    1917 days ago
    Gosh sparkers, I am so happy I asked this !

    This is very helpful!
    I am such a stubborn person. I saw with my dietitian that I was in fact burning around 1500 cals a day. I had struggled twice because I was exercising too much, stressed and ate too little. I am still trying to find the balance, and especially learning to love simple non processed food. Although sometimes I am very tempted to try meal replacements/protein bars etc... I must stay strong.

    Thank you for your help
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    1918 days ago
    I havent read the other comments but i have to say - YES Girl! You gotta eat! If you dont, not only will you do like you said and go into starvation mode and not lose weight, but also - as soon as you stop applying yourself, you'll gain back.

    Instead, why dont you try eating a normal amount of calories, but keep your carbs for each meal around 15-20g -- NOT Low Carb - Actually that is about all of the usable carbs we get at a time (: This has helped me out tremendously. Good luck!!
    1918 days ago
    For someone of your height and activity level 1500 calories with 40% carb, 30% fat and 30% protein will promote maximum fat burning. Choose whole foods, nothing processed, healthy fats like nuts and avocado and you will start to see big changes in the way your body looks and how you feel.
    1919 days ago
    Perhaps you should talk to your doctor, I personnally think you are eating way too little and it is not healthy. Take care of yourself!
    1919 days ago
  • X5X52000
    Based on your age weight and height and lets say you were trying to lose 5kg or 10lbs. Your caloric intake would have to be at least 1300 calories per day to lose .5kg per week along with exercise. So you have to increase your calories and try to space out your workouts so your body can rest in between. I have got this info from my brother who is a personal trainer who specializes in womens fitness. Do a litttle more research and see what works for you but this is just a start.

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    1919 days ago
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    1919 days ago
    Thank you all so very much !!

    I will make sure I get some more food daily. I do feel rather tired at the end of the day and my weight loss was slowing down until last week. That is why I was thinking it might be because I am not nourishing my body enough.

    I wanted to get some re-assurance. What a journey.
    Thank you for all your input
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    1919 days ago
    I agree with everyone else. I would raise it. That seems way too low to me. I'm not a Dr or an expert or anything but it does seem low. I would talk to dietician, they would get you exactly where you need to be.
    1919 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    You've GOT to eat a bit more or all of your hard work will be for nought. Please take care of yourself and FUEL your body.

    1919 days ago
    I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet, but from everything I have read about weight loss you probably are putting your body under too much pressure with too little fuel. Your body is also probably burning at a much slower rate, maybe if you can afford it, go and have a consultation with a registered dietician. They should be able to get you back on track.

    Good luck.
    1919 days ago
    I would up your cal intake just a little. Are you feeling a little run down ever??? If so you definitly need to kick it up a notch. That's alot of sweating and not enough fueling.
    1919 days ago
    I've read a lot of articles on weight loss and it sounds like you're doing soooo much. maybe rest a little more and you could probably definitely stand to eat a little more too!
    1919 days ago
  • DARJR50
    Too little caloric intake can cause you to gain weight. Starvation mode is very very real On top of this the body is starving for nutrients. I would avoid the Whey protein until you have your caloric input balanced. Too much protein is usless unless you have the carbs needed to help process it.
    1919 days ago
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