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September 10, 2011 11:17 AM
Anybody on a 500 calorie diet? What vitamins do you take? Any drawbacks? How's things working out if you went back to nomal dieting?

Sn: I have been on a 500 cal diet since first week in august..... So far great results.
September 10, 2011 11:22 AM won't find much support for a 500 calorie/day diet on this site...
September 10, 2011 11:22 AM
Horrible idea sweetie. You need to feed your body.

That is simply nowhere NEAR enough food.
September 10, 2011 11:23 AM
I don't recommend it. I know that people who are getting HCG injections are on a 500 calorie a day diet. Dr. Oz was talking about it on the radio yesterday. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you consult a Doctor or do it with the HCG injections (which is under Doctor supervision anyways)
September 10, 2011 11:23 AM
that will put your body in starvation mode !
September 10, 2011 11:24 AM
It's similar to the hcg diet thingy and there's plenty of people on here on it..... I just don't take them drops.....however I don't knock it either. So we shall see but thanks for being optimistic ;) lol
September 10, 2011 11:25 AM
Put some body armor on and be prepared to be slammed. Most will be very unsupportive of a 500 calorie a day diet. There is a thread on here for those on the HCG diet that is combined with a very low calorie intake. Maybe try there? :)
September 10, 2011 11:25 AM
I'm under dr supervision, I go every week, also I saw dr oz saw and heard radio taping ;)
September 10, 2011 11:26 AM
Thanks I saw those postings.... And I know people will knock it but there's same amount of people on it too so ..... I don't mind lol
September 10, 2011 11:28 AM
I haven't tried this, but I'm pretty sure that one of the major drawbacks is that you eat only 500 calories.
September 10, 2011 11:33 AM
Not to be a downer, but 500 calories is dangerous. First, It only works for a short time, then your body figures out it isn't getting enough. Basically, you put yourself in starvation mode. What is being lost is most likely muscle and not fat. If you continue long enough you can do damage to your kidneys and other organs. As soon as you start eating "normal" you will probably gain back what you've lost, possibly more. If you want to be on a very low calorie diet, I would suggest you don't go below 1,000 calorie. That is still a little low, but much less damaging. Good Luck.
September 11, 2011 10:37 PM
I have to agree with lkblazek- I have had a few friends on the 500 calorie diet and yes they lost the weight and looked great- but they had no muscle definition instead of shredding bad fat they shred muscle plus they had many health issues after that. Not to knock doctors, but alot of them no nothing of nutrition, so I would be very cautious about seeing a doctor regarding nutrition unless that is what he specialized in. Is he himself on the same diet? Nutrition is about 90% of what your body needs to survive and exercise about 10%, so nutrition is the key and I cannot see how your body will survive on a 500 calorie diet- you need to feed the muscle and lose the fat. I know we all have opinions, but feeding the muscle actually works. Eating 6 small meals a day does wonder for your metabolism and exercising is icing on the cake. I hope to hear good things from you. Enjoy life!
September 11, 2011 10:40 PM
That sounds incredibly tough, I can only wish you luck.

(from someone who has lost weight eating 1450 - 1600 cals a day and can't understand how you can be healthy on such a low calorie allowance!)
September 11, 2011 10:44 PM
I guess my question is this:

Do you think you can go the rest of your life only consuming 500 calories? Probably not. At some point, your body is going to freak out and stop losing weight. Once it realizes it isn't being given enough food to complete basic functions (like growing hair, digesting food, and insuring organs are functioning properly) weight loss will slow down or even stop.

Also, I don't see how only eating 500 calories can be long term sustainable. I really don't. Unfortunately, once you begin eating a normal amount of calories again - you will likely see a weight gain. Most people will see ALL the weight they lost come back and some people will see that AND even more.

Be careful with such a restrictive diet. There are many downfalls to consuming such a small amount of food in a day.

I wish you the best.
September 11, 2011 10:48 PM
On top of all the disadvantages the other posters have mentioned, why would anyone be on a 500 cals diet when you can lose on 1200?
September 11, 2011 10:51 PM
Agreed, you're not going to find much support here for that! Feel free to add me, I'm very supportive and take in low calories on a regular basis. It's kinda crappy the way if you're not losing weight the way everyone else is they slam you for it, or put in their 2 cents worth when they've never even tried it and don't know. If you are under dr supervision, and slowly increase your intake over time, and stick to eating healthy you WON'T gain the weight back. Keep exercising and follow what your dr says and you will be fine sweetie. :)
September 11, 2011 10:59 PM
Im on 600 cals. Open dairy. Check it if you want. Haters hate. It works for me.
September 11, 2011 11:04 PM

Im on 600 cals. Open dairy. Check it if you want. Haters hate. It works for me.

No one in this particular thread has been rude. No "hating". What I've seen is genuine concern over such a low caloric intake. Unfortunately, when you post things like that on a forum - you'll get all kinds of responses. She's been very fortunate -- this thread has remained calm, kind and informative vs the way I've seen a lot of these threads turn out.

I think many people can not understand the desire to consume such a small amount of calories in a day. My body freaks out and gains weight when I go under 2000 for too many days in a row. It would be TICKED OFF if I tried to give it 500 for even one day! I'm happily maintaining my weight consuming 2200-2500 net calories a day.
September 11, 2011 11:13 PM
I wouldnt do that because i love food and want to be healthy. Just make sure you find the proper vitamins and take care of yourself that way. get enough calcium you dont want your body to start eating up anything else but fat. Do you exercise too?
September 11, 2011 11:14 PM
just my two cents. i am recovering from anorexia nervosa, restricting type. having spent a very long time restricting my intake to 500 calories (and much lower), i can vouch for the serious damage it does to your body. my heart was a few beats per minute above cardiac arrest, i had severe electrolyte imbalances, my bloods were dismal, my bones are fragile, my period is still screwed up, my brain didn't function properly. it took a fortnight in hospital with daily ECGs, forced tube-feeding and supplements to get my heartrate into the normal range. so no, i really don't advise this.
September 11, 2011 11:19 PM
moreover, restriction leads to bingeing. every time. over the past decade or so i have read more diet journals than i care to remember, and every single one regularly mentions that they've binged or overreaten.
September 11, 2011 11:21 PM
i am not here to critisie you guys,i probally would have 3 weeks ago tho, with the your body needs more cal routine,as i have been stuck on a plataux for a month now and my dietition told me to drop down to 800 cals a day and NO more even with lots of exersice that i do everyday for a few weeks, so i did and yay it is moving it AT LAST!
The only concern i have tho is what you are eating i have not looked at your diarys but it is hard tring to stay under the 800 cals a day as i love 3 "proper" meals a day! my diary is open so please do nose in them for any food ideas i would love to do the same to yours!! lol
good luck with your weight loss but i would not stay on it for too long in one go tho!

ALSO to all the moaners out there....
did you know people who have gastric banding,bypass surgery ect have less than 800 cals a day and they do just fine!!!! just a thought you guys...
September 11, 2011 11:39 PM
trud - post lapband surgery, the dietary guidelines are 800 calories per day for the first 2-3 years after surgery with an increase to 1000-1200 thereafter. after gastric bypass surgery, the recommendation is 800 calories per day for 1-2 years post-surgery with the same subsequent increase. as i recall, the world health organisation classifies a caloric intake of under 800 per day to be a starvation diet. you also generally need to reach a certain point of morbid obesity to qualify for the surgery, with the view that a severely restricted diet for a certain period can be sustained with such surplus body fat.
Edited by glamournanna On September 11, 2011 11:41 PM
September 11, 2011 11:45 PM
QUOTE: won't find much support for a 500 calorie/day diet on this site...

i agree, how can ur body function with so little food. would ur car run with no petrol, would ur laptop work with no charge. Its a crazy thing to do, what happens if you do loose weight then u have 2 start eating properly, u will just put it back on. While ur doing it and starving ur body ur body will go in2 starvation mode and just keep hold of everything u do eat. look at this.
September 12, 2011 2:17 AM
Under-eating for a long term period can cause irreparable damage. Hair loss, brittle bones, bad skin, your brain will stop functioning properly. In essence, your whole body will begin to shut down. Imagine you only have so much electricity to power your house. The first thing you'd do is shut of anything unimportant. Then you'd lower the power on anything that's vital to conserve what little energy you have left. That is what your body will do.

I'm am not saying this definitely will happen to you, but it's highly probable. Will you really be happy being thin, but with thin, lank hair (if any hair), barely able to stand up for more than a few minutes at a time.

And on the other end of the scale very often people put on all the weight they lost and then some on top of that. Don't damage your body for quick, temporary weight loss. It isn't worth it. Not only that, I was recently looking at someone's diary that who is on a low calorie diet and their consistent low calorie diet meant they ended up binging on all kinds of junk food periodically, which is really difficult to avoid if you deprive your body.

I do say this purely out of concern, not to be one of the 'haters'. Slowly increase your calorie intake (maybe 100 calories extra a week) and it'll do you wonders.
Edited by LemonSocks On September 12, 2011 2:18 AM

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