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Eating Less Does Not Lead to Gaining Weight

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Last December my husband had what turned out on the MRI to be his second stroke. Three days I sat in the hospital with him dealing with doctors and tests. Then 3 weeks after his stroke he fell and broke his leg. Three more days in the hospital, and three days in a rehab before bringing him home. Three weeks later, surgery, and another day in the hospital, followed by an infection, yet another surgery, and a month of home antibiotic IV. During all that time, taking care of myself took a back seat, and I ate very little. I wasn't hungry, was terrified, and the weight fell off to the point where my own doctor told me to gain some weight.

I tell this story because I hear so often from people trying to lose weight and failing, that they must be eating TOO LITTLE. That eating too little will cause weight gain. It sounds preposterous on its face, but those fighting the terrible battle of overweight will cling to any idea, no matter how absurd, to think they don't really need to do what they don't want to do. That bigger portions and more snacks will give them the results they want.

Which would mean that the starving people of the world must actually be eating too much. It's a myth started by a fact: severe calorie restriction can cause metabolism to slow in the body's attempt to conserve life sustaining energy. It's a phenomenon that actually extends lifespans in some creatures (never proven but assumed for humans), but it doesn't mean that more french fries lead to weight loss, no matter how enticing the idea may be.

Eat less, either from circumstance or hard work, and weight will go down. I've lived both sides now.
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    I've always thought that teaching was a bunch of hooey! So glad there are some who also think this is a ridiculous teaching!
    I enjoy your comments wherever I come across them, Nell.
    Hope your husband is doing better now. What a terrible streak of bad luck!
    2412 days ago
    Yeah, right? That "starvation mode" concept seems to crop up everywhere on this site. And it's kind of annoying, actually, as well as ludicrous.

    Yes, metabolism slows down. But you will still lose weight, maybe slower.
    2422 days ago
    Take care of yourself Nell, so you can care for your husband.
    When mine was in the hospital, I wasn't hungry either.

    2440 days ago
    First off I pray your husband is doing better and you are following the dr's orders and gaining a little weight.

    About 12 years ago I too lost weight by not eating. I will not go into the reason as to why I was under so much stress. I would eat what I wanted and never past 6 pm. A normal day I would eat one hot pocket or a tv dinner. I had a job and was busting my butt every day. I had days where I didn't eat at all. I did always have my coffee with milk. The bad thing is once I started cooking and eating, still only one meal a day, I did put the weight back on. I had ALWAYS been the tiny one of the family and getting fat was so hard on me. But yet again I kept it on and when I quit smoking I gained another 20 or so pounds. By the time I found SP I was at my highest weight EVER at 171. When you are only 5'1" that is HUGE! I got to my goal weight AGAIN and now I'm trying to get there AGAIN! I'm still learning that I have to stick to the SP plans and GET OFF MY BUTT AND EXERCISE or the weight comes back on faster and a heck of a lot easier than it is to take it off.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is be careful. I don't want you doing the same thing I've done twice now.

    Moral of the story, Watch what you eat and MOVE your feet!

    Good luck and GOD BLESS
    2440 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Stress is an awful way to lose weight! Not eating for that reason is pretty scary, as you said, and I hope you are now "gaining a little weight" for your health.
    2440 days ago
  • JENNYD97
    I hope your husband is feeling better now. Your weight loss probably had a lot to do with stress as well as the lower calories. So for some people eating too few calories may be adding weight everyone is different.

    I hope your family is all doing well now :)
    2440 days ago
    Hugs and prayers to you.
    2440 days ago
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