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    I'm going on an 800 calorie diet

    I'm not doing it to lose weight. I'm a male and I weigh 140lbs. I'm doing it because I've read that calorie restriction can help up-regulate your dopamine receptors and increase their density. I have terrible ADD and social anxiety and I believe a lack of dopamine and dopamine receptors is the cause of that. Will I be doing significant harm to myself by going on such a low calorie diet even if I eat lots of nutrient dense primal foods like organ meats, sardines, kale, etc ?

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    Why don't you just do Intermittent Fasting? Same up-regulation without the chronic calorie restriction.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Yes, intermittent fasting is the way to go. Check out Fast-5, Warrior Diet, JUDDD, and other variations. There are several threads here, too. And there's always Eat Stop Eat.

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    I should have mentioned I already do intermittent fasting on most days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Rube View Post
    I should have mentioned I already do intermittent fasting on most days.
    Alternate day intermittent fasting ie. JUDDD alternates between normal calorie days and low calorie/fasting days. On your fasting days you'd consume 600 or less calories a day.

    I did it for six months, with my fasting days ranging in the 300-500 calorie range, and I had no problems at all. But, I had extra weight to lose and you really don't. Maybe do 800-1,000 calorie fasting days and then higher normal days?
    *Sara*

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    How are you eating now? How long have you had these problems? Do you take any medications or supplements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    How are you eating now? How long have you had these problems? Do you take any medications or supplements?
    To a degree I've had them for much of my life but the past few years they've gotten much worse and they've made my life difficult. I attribute it to naturally having less dopamine receptors than other people and then doing a lot of damage to the few receptors that I do have by using excessive amounts of caffeine, nicotine, marijuana, junk food, and masturbation over a period of 7 years.

    I've tried medication and supplements and nothing has worked. The problem with them all is that they can't raise my dopamine levels because I have no receptors for them to bind to.

    As to my diet right now I've been on a month long cheat. But before that I was fasting for 18 hours a day and eating about 2500 calories a day consisting of only primal foods. I did that for about 7 months

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    I think if you want to do a calorie deficit, you should plan your deficit per week. Have fast days and feast days. Vary your macros.

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    What criteria have you used to decide you need to go from 2500 calories to 800 calories a day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    What criteria have you used to decide you need to go from 2500 calories to 800 calories a day?


    I was eating 2500 calories because I was trying to add muscle. I wouldn't eat that much in a 6 hour window under normal circumstances. The reason I chose 800 calories is because I want to put my body under stress and 800 calories is enough to mentally satisfy me if I'm only eating 1 meal a day.

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