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August 12, 2011 5:56 PM
I tend to consume between 800 and 1200 calories, I consider any days above that "binge" days, and some days, I consume lower. Regardless of how much I consume, my net almost always comes out to be 800, or a bit less. Is that dangerous? Not by the rigid standards set, but for a small (5'0) woman, how truly dangerous is it, if at all?
August 12, 2011 5:58 PM
I wonder the same thing. I exercise a LOT and it's really difficult for me to eat back all of my calories.
August 12, 2011 6:00 PM
It will lower your metabolism. It will be harder to maintain your weight loss.
August 12, 2011 6:00 PM
You will bring the wrath of the internet down upon ye!!!


I'm no Dr, but I guess if your healthy, whats it matter?
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August 12, 2011 6:01 PM
If you're not hungry, then I don't see a problem. Listen to your body. I usually eat about 1,000 calories a day and I haven't had any problems. :)
August 12, 2011 6:02 PM
I always wonder about it myself, being just at 4'11", I wonder if 1200 calories is REALLY the minimum for people of more petite sizes, because 4'11" and 5'0" are not average heights...hmmmm, I wonder if anyone will have a helpful response!! I am also curious!
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August 12, 2011 6:02 PM
You are serously putting your body in starvation mode.... especially if that is what you eat total for the day...AFTER working out. You will start gaining in the long term. And it's not healthy.
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August 12, 2011 6:02 PM
It really depends. I honestly don't think anyone should net less than 1200 especially if you're working out. You can see how far it'll get you...but once you stop losing weight, you'll know you need to eat more. I got by eating less than 1200 net for awhile but then had to increase significantly.
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August 12, 2011 6:02 PM
OMG that seems really low. But check what your BMR is for you your height and weight is to see how many calories your body needs to just live, for your brain and organs to run properly. I think it's under tools. That might help you figure it out.
August 12, 2011 6:03 PM
Well, look at the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) for a female of your height, weight, and age. Your body has a set number of calories that it just consumes doing your normal body functions.... thinking, digesting, sleeping, being awake, moving around, and everything else you do outside of exercising. When you consume half or less than what your BMR is, your body starts making physical changes that start to self-sacrifice in order to keep up it's daily functioning, because your body believes it is in a food-scarce environment. We typically call this phenomenon starvation mode.

At any rate, check the BMR for a person of your height and weight and gender. If it's very close to 800 (like 1000), then consuming 800 a day isn't dangerous at all. However, if it's more like 1400-1600, try to get used to eating more, even if you're not hungry. To help, either just eat meals that are a little bigger, or throw in an additional small meal or two in the day to snack in some extra calories.
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August 12, 2011 6:03 PM
I would say as long as you are eating a well balanced and nutritious diet and not just one or two crappy things it shouldn't be a big deal, some people just don't eat much naturally...wish that was me :)(:
August 12, 2011 6:03 PM
Sometimes I end up with only 900...but I'm small too so I think its ok...I mean, you can't force yourself to eat if you're not hungry. For a while there I was given such a guilt trip and I forced myself to eat when I wasn't hungry just to make it to 1200.
I mean they say that it puts you in starvation mode..but if you weren't getting enough to eat then you'd know. I mean feeling full and eating just to keep it a certain number is kinda...well..you know...its just pointless and probably unhealthy. I dunno. I have the same problem.
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August 12, 2011 6:06 PM
If you don't eat enough, your flesh consumes itself. That is pretty dangerous in my books. Plus you set yourself up to get nutritional diseases that damage your body permanently. As a young woman, it is important to eat lots of dairy products, because the body builds its reserves of calcium before the age of 24. If you are eating so few calories, how are you getting your major food groups? How are you finding the energy to be physically active?
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August 12, 2011 6:06 PM
I'm about 5 feet and have tried to do around 1000 net..I lost two pds working out ALOT..just experiment and adjust if you need to...800 does seem a little low ..good luck!
Edited by wozzy38 On August 12, 2011 6:28 PM
August 12, 2011 6:07 PM
the VLCD I'm on has a target of 850 - however it is medically supervised. you have to have labwork and be approved by a Doctor. I see a doctor weekly and get labs done every 4 weeks.

I was told there were significant risks of gallbladder, kidney and liver problems - my number one side effect is nausea and alternating constipation and diarrhea.
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August 12, 2011 6:07 PM
Given that I counted about 2 servings of vegetables in the past 7 days of your diary, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you might want to start worrying about the QUALITY of your diet first.
August 12, 2011 6:10 PM
lol might want to up the intake just fooled around with the bmr tool and you would have to be 84 years old and 95 lbs to only require 802 calories....just thought that was funny...
August 12, 2011 6:10 PM
QUOTE:

Given that I counted about 2 servings of vegetables in the past 7 days of your diary, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you might want to start worrying about the QUALITY of your diet first.


Right. And a multivitamin seems like a good idea...
  8650197
August 12, 2011 6:11 PM
Do you not have a doctor you can ask? To me, that is your safest source. The doctor may suggest vitamin supplements if it is OK to stay at that low intake of calories. Your height, sex, weight, frame size, age, activity rate, general health (including blood test results) all play into what is healthy for you. There are SO MANY things that can happen if you don't take in the proper nutrients. Without enough protein, your hair falls out. Without enough calories, your body goes into starvation mode.....there is a large list of health problems from vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, not to mention fatigue, concentration lapses and muscle loss.....

Be careful and good luck!
  10246872
August 12, 2011 6:11 PM
I ate like crud today and yesterday, I know I need to work on the quality, thank you. :)
Also, my energy level is perfectly fine. I know I am consuming a bit on the low side, but I'm sure to make a fairly good portion of that protein. I love my hair too much!
If it helps, I'm at 113.5 lbs now, my starting weight was 118 two or two weeks ago. My BMR is 1206, and I'm not eating less than half of that.
Edited by jheppler719 On August 12, 2011 6:15 PM
August 12, 2011 6:18 PM
Starvation mode could just make you fatter later on.
August 12, 2011 6:21 PM
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My BMR is 1206, and I'm not eating less than half of that.


Your BMR IS 1206 - but that would be your minimum caloric need if you did nothing but laid in bed all day and breathe. Your daily caloric need is closer to 1440 based on a sedentary lifestyle.
August 12, 2011 6:22 PM
QUOTE:

I tend to consume between 800 and 1200 calories, I consider any days above that "binge" days, and some days, I consume lower. Regardless of how much I consume, my net almost always comes out to be 800, or a bit less. Is that dangerous? Not by the rigid standards set, but for a small (5'0) woman, how truly dangerous is it, if at all?


You may want to look into Lyle McDonald's PSMF diet, it is pretty much as you describe. If you have refeeds (days above maintenance) to make up the difference, it can work but only should be done in the short term.
August 12, 2011 6:24 PM
Regardless of height, age, etc. that is very low. In order to keep your body sustained ( not full ) you should be eating small snacks/meals every 3-4 hours. This does not mean a Big Mac or Taco Bell- but a choice like: 12 raw almonds, a slice of cheese, 4 apple slices w/ a tbl. spoon of peanut/or almond butter, 8 carrot sticks w/ 2 tbl. of fresh hummas... you get the idea! (Lean proteins are also great source to keep your body going through the day.)

I'm a huge fan of juicing now. My favorite is beet, apples, carrots, celery, ginger w/ a squeeze of lime. It's a great way to get veggies in the morning! I understand the feeling of not wanting to eat your daily allowance, but if you find healthy small meals to eat throughout the day, this will guarantee your metabolism will not crash & burn on you... it's amazing how everthing changes after 30!!!

Wishing you the best.
August 12, 2011 6:26 PM
QUOTE:

Given that I counted about 2 servings of vegetables in the past 7 days of your diary, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you might want to start worrying about the QUALITY of your diet first.


I would have to agree. Although looking back I didnt see to many days where you were under 800. I wish I could eat ice cream cookies every night and still loose wieght. I look at a box of ice cream and my belly just starts to grow. Seriously I would start with the type of food you are taking in and then focus on the amount. Veggies are a good idea.
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