Thank you for all the awesome protein powder suggestions!
As for concerns over my nutrition and exercise, I appreciate the feedback. Thank you for spreading the supportive spark and looking out for a fellow sparker! I would like to point out that I did not request nutritional feedback or input regarding my diet. I simply asked for suggestions on protein powders. However, I realize that many people feel necessary to comment and provide feedback, even when it is unwarranted. So, I am taking a (long) moment to respond to those who are concerned about my well-being.
I am working closely with a licensed doctor and a registered dietician, who I meet with almost every week. I am following their prescribed guidelines. They specialize in medically supervised weight loss. I am one of hundreds of patients. I do not appreciate the comment regarding my doctor being licensed. I felt that was rather rude. I also feel the last comment re my nutritionist not knowing what she is doing is also extremely rude.
I realize there are a lot of schools of thought, opinions, studies, findings, etc. out there with regard to nutrition, diet, and exercise, often in complete opposition of one another. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, beliefs, thoughts, etc. We are all doing what we think is best for us. We have to find what works and stick with it! My plan is based on my personal research, beliefs, and opinions. The below response is based on what I think is best for me.
I, for one, believe the whole “eating under 1200 calories = starvation mode” is a myth. Some people have a BMR of 1200. In order to lose weight, they would need to eat less than 1200 calories. Or be EXTREMELY active. Like Biggest Loser TV Show active. Which is not realistic for day to day life.
So where did the whole eating under 1200 calories = slower metabolism = no weight loss come from? It began with the Minnesota Starvation Study. Several healthy young men, all well within normal weight ranges and healthy BMIs volunteered to live on a compound where their exercise and diet was strictly controlled. For 12 weeks of the experiment, they were on a “starvation diet”, which is defined as 50% of the calories your body needs to function (approximate BMR + activity level). They’re average calorie range was 3200 calories (based on activity level) to maintain their current weights (determined during first portion of study). So, a “starvation diet” for them = less than 1600 calories/day. They ate 1600 calories, and continued physical activity for 12 weeks. They lost significant amounts of weight. They were also subjected to psychological stressors to mimic starvation during wartime. Bad things happened to them and their bodies.
Given that my approximate caloric need (to maintain my weight) is 1500 calories, using the definition of “starvation diet” = 50% of calories needed to function (BMR + activity level), if I were to consume 50% or less of the calories needed to function, or 750 calories or less, I would be approaching a starvation diet. In order to have any of the supposed negative side effects of a starvation diet, I would need to maintain this deficit for months at a time. Additionally, my body fat would need to drop to below what is minimal to live on (5% for males, 6% for females). I rarely, if ever, get below 800 calories a day and my body fat percentage is WAY above 6%, so I am in no medical danger. Additionally, I am not being subjected to psychological stressors and I am not locked in a concrete bunker.
The whole “1200” calorie magic number is also based on the fact that as you reduce your caloric intake, it is harder to get ALL the nutrients you need from food. Which is why it’s not suggested that you undertake a VLCD or diet plan without a doctor’s supervision…which I have…with a LICENSED doctor, I will add for emphasis.
I also subscribe to the belief that our metabolism does slow down as we lose weight. However, this is normal. Your body needs less food/nutrition/fuel because there’s less of you.
Additionally, if eating under 1200 calories = starvation mode, and as a result, no weight loss…how does that explain anorexia nervosa? Individuals suffering from anorexia eat severely below 1200 calories. And they don’t stop losing weight. They don’t get fat. In fact, they lose WAY too much and their bodies start to shut down because they are not consuming enough fuel to function.
In addition to consuming 800-1000 calories a day, I am also trying to stick to a low carbohydrate plan. That is not to say I don’t eat carbohydrates at all. I just attempt to keep them under 100 grams/day. Despite various reports to the contrary (based on the FDA and USDA – who all have a financial interest in maintaining the agricultural industry in this country because the Feds subsidize farming…and are being paid to do so thanks to Big Food companies), there is no RDA of carbohydrates. In other words, carbs are not essential.
The RDA/essential nutrient concept is based on two things: 1) The nutrient is required for survival; and 2) The nutrient cannot be made by the body. The body is able to make as much glucose as the brain and a few other tissues need, on a day to day basis, from other sources (i.e. fat, gluconeogenesis, etc.). NOTE: The body is NOT able to provide sufficient carbohydrate to fuel high intensity workouts, such as sprinting or weight training…so carbs would be somewhat essential for extreme physical activity. HOWEVER, from the standpoint of survival, the minimum amount of carbs required in a diet is ZERO GRAMS PER DAY.
My workouts vary from week to week (I need to be more consistent). Sometimes I run 3-4 times/week, and walk 2x/week. Sometimes I only run once a week. When I have a long run (like the 10K I did last Sunday), I make a point to increase my carbs slightly.
So, I appreciate the concern over my health and well-being, and if I have any concerns over my nutrition and health, I will be sure to bring them up with my physician (who is LICENSED).
Below are some of the sources of research I have based some of my opinions on:
“Starvation Mode”/VLCD Research
Location: Portland, OR
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