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    I'm attempting to get rid of these last 15-20 pounds and so I'm tracking carbs and calories pretty closely. My daily calories for a 2 pound/week weight-loss is 1920. When exercising I wear a heart rate monitor that gives me calories burned. Knowing that those things are usually inaccurate, I add back to my daily calories about 80% of what the HRM says I burned. For example, yesterday I added back 400 calories (sprint workout) for a total daily calorie budget of 2320. Other days the number is closer to 2100-2200 cals.

    Now...onto the question. I usually don't eat anywhere near that amount. Some days I am hovering around 1000 calories, others I get up to 1800. My carbs usually fall in the 40-80 gram/day range. Am I sabotaging my weight loss by not eating enough? Should I not worry about it and let hunger be my guide? I do know that I have not been helping myself too much by drinking more than usual (my wife makes a mean vodka/soda and I love wine).

  • #2
    Take in less.. exercise more.. = weight loss...

    Patience is sometimes the toughest thing...

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    • #3
      I would say you need to eat more. Not eating enough can be as big a factor in no weight loss as eating too much.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by betty74 View Post
        I would say you need to eat more. Not eating enough can be as big a factor in no weight loss as eating too much.
        Profoundly disagree.

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        • #5
          Lojasmo- can you tell me why you disagree? Just curious.

          1000 calories is not enough. Especially for a man.

          Using my bodymedia fit this week here is what I am seeing. On the two days that I had a bigger calorie deficit than normal (just over 1000) I had gained weight the next day. On all the other days when my deficit was between 400-700 I lost weight. Also when I was tracking just calories without an accurate knowledge of calories burned on the days that were low calories (1000-1300) I never lost weight.

          Our bodies go into starvation mode when they don't get enough and hold onto those calories for dear life.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by betty74 View Post
            Lojasmo- can you tell me why you disagree? Just curious.

            1000 calories is not enough. Especially for a man.
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            Google Christian bale and the machinist. He lost 65 pounds eating an apple and a can of tuna a day.

            Bale
            also:
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            "starvation mode" is a myth.
            Last edited by Lojasmo; 12-14-2010, 09:28 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lojasmo View Post
              Google Christian bale and the machinist. He lost about eighty pounds eating an apple and a can of tuna a day.

              also:
              Link
              Christian Bale in the machinist is probably not the lean physique anyone is after.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MeatMe216 View Post
                Christian Bale in the machinist is probably not the lean physique anyone is after.

                No, but the point stands.

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                • #9
                  what point? He didnt get to the second photo by eating an apple and a can of tuna.
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                  • #10
                    If that is the look you are going for than by all means starve yourself.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MeatMe216 View Post
                      what point? He didnt get to the second photo by eating an apple and a can of tuna.
                      No. He GAINED a hundred pounds by eating MORE. He LOST weight by eating LESS.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lojasmo View Post
                        No. He GAINED a hundred pounds by eating MORE. He LOST weight by eating LESS.
                        Bale wasnt fat tho, he wasted away his muscles by not eating. Not really what the OP is going for...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by betty74 View Post
                          Lojasmo- can you tell me why you disagree? Just curious.

                          1000 calories is not enough. Especially for a man.

                          Using my bodymedia fit this week here is what I am seeing. On the two days that I had a bigger calorie deficit than normal (just over 1000) I had gained weight the next day. On all the other days when my deficit was between 400-700 I lost weight. Also when I was tracking just calories without an accurate knowledge of calories burned on the days that were low calories (1000-1300) I never lost weight.

                          Our bodies go into starvation mode when they don't get enough and hold onto those calories for dear life.
                          do you really think weight loss/fat loss is *that* exacting from day-to-day? have you given any thought to water weight/loss accounting for daily fluctuations?

                          do you really think our body slips and and out of starvation mode from day to day? How 'bout hour to hour?

                          The body will adapt to long term calorie deficits with efforts to decrease energy expenditure, while increasing food seeking behaviors. But weight loss won't stop. It may slow, but it won't stop.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                            do you really think weight loss/fat loss is *that* exacting from day-to-day? have you given any thought to water weight/loss accounting for daily fluctuations?

                            do you really think our body slips and and out of starvation mode from day to day? How 'bout hour to hour?

                            The body will adapt to long term calorie deficits with efforts to decrease energy expenditure, while increasing food seeking behaviors. But weight loss won't stop. It may slow, but it won't stop.
                            No I don't think it is THAT exacting from day-to-day, but this is a pattern I have noticed with my body. If I do not eat enough I gain. My weight loss does not slow it stops! Are those two days I mentioned from too big of deficit maybe, maybe water weight, but I have been tracking for a long time and for me not enough calories definitely doesn't result in weight loss. Every body is different though.

                            My point was that 1000 calories a day is NOT enough for a man.

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