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September 22, 2010 1:53 PM
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September 22, 2010 2:28 PM
Very interesting and well researched information, thanks for posting! One thing that I can't get out of my head is this "A few even mutilated themselves, one chopping off three fingers in stress" What doctor allowed this to occur? I can't imagine how this helped the research.
September 22, 2010 2:30 PM
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September 24, 2010 12:03 AM
September 24, 2010 12:20 AM
a well written post... thank you.

I am not one of the "starvation mode nazis" but I do encourage people to eat their exercise calories. The reason I do is not because I think they will go into starvation mode in just a few days, but in order to influence them towards healthier habits overall. Of course it's fine to be a little over or under, and fluctuate your calories as each day is unique.

But if someone is under the impression that eating back their exercise calories is "defeating the purpose of exercise" (have seen this comment hundreds of times), and has plans to go to the gym every day and work off hundreds of calories, and yet still stick to the 1200 plan regardless of activity level, I do think it's helpful for them to know that doing that may suppress their metabolism over time. So I encourage them to eat back their exercise calories, and I always post the link to the very helpful thread "confused about eating your exercise calories" or the "700 calories a day and not losing".

September 30, 2010 8:07 PM
Excellent post and very well written.. thank you for sharing this.
September 30, 2010 8:59 PM
Greatttttt and really informative post! Thanks so much for all that info Fit4Europe.... i do have one question; you mentioned that for the MN study, the participants were told to walk 22 miles a week.... but walking is more cardiovascular exercise, right? (sorry i'm not really that knowledgeable in exercise department lol)

To your knowledge, will carrying out strength training/muscle building activities prevent the loss of muscle tissue? And due to the either the maintenance of the muscles mass (or potential increase), will the metabolism not drop as much as the amount of work being carried out is the same? Did any of the studies explore this?

Thanks again!
February 28, 2011 8:01 AM
Excellent research, so I will bump it.
July 30, 2011 5:46 PM

Let's be honest though. There are Starvation Mode Nazi's who would have you beleive that missing your mid-morning snack would cause you to spiral into starvation mode. I think a lot of that is proliferated by people trying to sell something. I think that's what Fit4Europe was getting at. And I agree.


Until I found this I felt pretty discouraged. I get my 90g protien in. I weight train 3x a week. I eat 1,000 calories and I'm not ashamed of it
August 2, 2011 6:40 PM
Wow great info! Thx for posting!
August 2, 2011 7:43 PM
Bump to read later!
August 4, 2011 2:14 AM
I was just about to post a thread about this, but thankfully I searched first - this thread is way more helpful than mine would have been.

I dont think anyone is condoning eating 700 cals a day, but equally if you have a day when you miss your goal by 300 cals, you're not going to kill yourself. I think that eating sensibly and excersising sensibly are the main things.
September 7, 2011 8:59 PM
September 7, 2011 9:03 PM
Thanks for sharing. Wonderful information.
September 7, 2011 9:30 PM
September 7, 2011 11:18 PM
*thumbs up*

A generally well researched post with views on the subject from several points - what's not to like. I especially like reference to the study showing the differences between how fit and overweight/obese bodies react to extreme caloric deficits.
September 7, 2011 11:31 PM
September 20, 2011 8:44 AM
An oldie but a goodie.

September 20, 2011 8:56 AM
Great post!!!
Gotta bump it :)
September 20, 2011 1:13 PM
great information thank you
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