Here is the best way to explain starvation mode.. The year after I graduated I weighed 317 pounds. I cut down to one bowl of cottage cheese a week, orange juice twice a week, and water every day obviously. I did this for an entire summer, while taking Dexatrim, and playing basketball for 6 hours on Friday's. The other 6 days I worked 16 hours a day as a dishwasher, and worked out 2 hours at a 24 hour gym. In 3 months I got down to 183 lbs.
Starvation. The idea of starvation mode is what happened next. I started eating again. 600-800 calories. I threw up the first time, but after that I was eating 800 calories a day... and gaining weight. After a month I balance out, and stayed the same on 1600 calories, but I was 215.
Starvation mode is not something 95% of you need to worry about. It only happens with severe restrictions. I went the other way, and binged during my 20's, and topped out at 361.
You are not going to damage your metabolism by eating 1000 calories for a month. You probably aren't going to lose much extra either. Instead of worrying about not eating 1200 calories to prevent starvation mode, people should want to eat more than 1200, because it is messed up to think that you shouldn't. Less is not better.
The term starvation mode is just a term that gained popularity to more easily explain the slowing of your metabolism, after a protracted period of reduced calories. It takes a while though. You won't experience it if you skip 1 meal, or eat 1000 calories on Tuesday.
Except for the basic idea that you should eat more than 1200 calories, I would just forget the term.
Russell - current BMI 31.4
197 - bmi-30
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 193.6