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October 31, 2012 8:19 PM
Dont get me wrong, I eat healthy food options but really small portions..
October 31, 2012 8:27 PM
I've done it before , lost weight at first, then it came to a halt. Didnt have energy and I was tired and cranky.
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October 31, 2012 8:29 PM
I was once on a 480 calorie diet. The weight came off. Diet ended. The weight came right back and brought friends.
I understand wanting to get the weight off as soon as possible, but I have to recommend you do it in a way that you can live with long term so that you don't have to go through this again like I am. (but I know you'll do what you want)
Edited by kenazfehu On October 31, 2012 8:34 PM
October 31, 2012 8:29 PM
I'm on an 800 calorie diet where I eat 800 calories, and then I eat 700 more. It's worked great for me.
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October 31, 2012 8:32 PM
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October 31, 2012 8:32 PM
I've been at/around 800-1000 since February. I haven't had any issues. I've had regular checkups/bloodtests/etc. Haven't felt bad. Get plenty of what I need, have tons of energy.
  17170557
October 31, 2012 8:35 PM
I would not recommend it unless you are under a doctors supervision. You could do a lot of damage to your body that way.
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October 31, 2012 8:36 PM
I do it every other day....800 then 1300. It works for me. Good Luck.
October 31, 2012 8:39 PM
Ya...
My results.

Missing chunks of my hair, moody, and sleepy.

But I lost a few lbs... winner!
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October 31, 2012 8:40 PM
that's not even half what i eat...
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October 31, 2012 8:41 PM
You might knock a lot of pounds for the first 3-4 weeks., After that , you will hit a plateau .Your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow down.
You are better off eating 1700 odd calories and burning around 500 in the gym if you can. Or get at least 1400 in with a good combination of all macro nutrients. I am trying to make this change for myself for a lifetime and not for a few weeks. Just my 2 cents :) . Good luck.
  29951700
October 31, 2012 8:43 PM
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You might knock a lot of pounds for the first 3-4 weeks., After that , you will hit a plateau .Your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow down.
You are better off eating 1700 odd calories and burning around 500 in the gym if you can. Or get at least 1400 in with a good combination of all macro nutrients. I am trying to make this change for myself for a lifetime and not for a few weeks. Just my 2 cents :) . Good luck.


I agree with the exercise, but I've done this since February. No plateau... no slowed metabolism. 9 months in, no plateau and a steady loss of weight.
  17170557
October 31, 2012 8:44 PM
Give us some additional information. Are you 4'9" tall? Do you weigh 105 trying to get down to 90? Do you have a medically-documented ultra-slow metabolism? There are possible scenarios but I suspect they aren't yours. Your body is a machine and it needs fuel. If you want some help / support, we need more information.
October 31, 2012 8:45 PM
I was once an 800 cal dieter! but no more! I lost 30lbs in about 3 months! but guess what? I regained 50lbs in less than 3 months! I was taking appetite suppressants to help me stay in the cal range. but my metabolism slowed and there was a time when I wouldn't even feel hungry and I would eat only 200-300 cals!!! the diet also discouraged exercise; which is obvious given that I was eating half of my BMR! then there was a time when I grew fed up of eating the same foods , I would often gag at the sight of lettuce! I began to get cranky, all I did was think about food. I began to dream food, wondering what else I could eat and yet stay within my range.
Thankfully, it only lasted 3 months; while I regained almost twice the weight I lost, at least I didn't do any permanent damage to my metabolism. Today, I exercise and I fuel my body, I eat 5-7 small meals a day between 2000-2700 cals (sometimes as much as 3000 cals according to my burn on that day) . I burn around 1000-1400 cals per day and I never NET below my BMR; which is 1586!

Moral of the story... do not net below your BMR! you must eat to fuel your body, build muscle and rave up your metabolism! ... and 800 cals will not do it!
Edited by mamdore On October 31, 2012 8:55 PM
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October 31, 2012 8:47 PM
yeah, I am too - but I can't stick to it.

It's really too hard.

I set it low to speed things up and because I hit a plateau that dragged on and on... worked while my motivation was high.
  12121813
October 31, 2012 8:47 PM
I lived decades on about a 1000, It's all you need if you're lean enough. Find your TDEE and use that to calculate a reasonable deficit don't just pick a random number.
October 31, 2012 8:48 PM
QUOTE:

Ya...
My results.

Missing chunks of my hair, moody, and sleepy.

But I lost a few lbs... winner!


wow! food for thought! ...no pun intended!
  26724055
October 31, 2012 8:49 PM
Starvation mode is a myth. I ate an average of 500-800 calories for a year and never hit a plateau. Then I relapsed into bulimia, and THAT'S when I hit a plateau. Forget starvation mode, even if you lose tons of weight, the health effects are not worth it - physical and mental. Only do this under careful doctor and psychologist supervision. There was a study done on healthy young men where they consumed a VLCD - the great majority of them developed eating disorders.
Edited by dunlunicor On October 31, 2012 8:50 PM
October 31, 2012 8:52 PM
QUOTE:

I'm on an 800 calorie diet where I eat 800 calories, and then I eat 700 more. It's worked great for me.

lol, yes!
October 31, 2012 8:53 PM
my supper sometime goes close to that...it's way too low.
  29026971
October 31, 2012 8:55 PM
QUOTE:

I'm on an 800 calorie diet where I eat 800 calories, and then I eat 700 more. It's worked great for me.


This!! love it laugh drinker
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October 31, 2012 8:55 PM
So a lot of peoples answers were really snarky and at a certain point I stopped reading. I have been on an "800" calorie diet for 13 months now... HOWEVER...

1) I had weight loss surgery (vertical sleeve) and I have had to deal with hair loss and fatigue. It was worth it to me.
2) I have been under my doctor and surgeon(s) (I switched to a new one) care the entire time with regular check ups and lab work. My numbers are PERFECT!
3) I am not a crazy dieter. If I want ice cream, I'll have some!
4) I am at the point where I am choosing to up my calories, especially when I work out.
5) I have hit stalls, but I have also lost 133lbs... stalls can happen no matter what type of diet you are on. You just deal with them as they come.
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October 31, 2012 9:00 PM
i eat anywhere from 800 to 1000 or 1100, but i'm also diagnosed with ednos. i won't tell you to eat more since that would be hypocritical of me, just make sure you be safe and don't get really sick
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October 31, 2012 9:01 PM
I've never attempted to. That's extremely small at least for me.... I thought 1200 calories ( the body naturally uses that daily just to function) was the smallest calorie limit someone should have. ( I remember reading something about this in my nursing biology book) Especially if you work out. The only people I know of that may do that are gastric bypass patients....and even then I THINK it's temporary...until they're bodies adjust. Not sure though....
Edited by LoveAlwaysAlisa On October 31, 2012 9:04 PM
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October 31, 2012 9:01 PM
I've had weight loss surgery, so my calories are anywhere between 500-800 a day. I take prescribed multi vitamins, sublingual B12, extra iron, and calcium. I think low calorie diets are o.k. if you focus on protein and vegetables. Long term, though, I wouldn't recommend it. Years ago I was on 1200 calories for a long time, even after my weight reached low normal levels and a lot of problem occurred. I also believe that ANY weight loss attempts should be monitored by a physician.
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