No and here's 4 reasons why…
In the Minnesota starvation experiment 36 men where placed on a very low 1570 calorie starvation diet (which is equal to about 1200 calories for women) and they were also required to walk 3+ miles per day and…
All of the men in that experiment kept losing weight week after week and they didn't stop losing weight until they got very skinny or until they got down to 5% body fat or basically…
They kept losing weight until they looked like this…
I'm not showing you that picture to shock you but I'm showing you that picture to prove to you that you don't go into survival or starvation mode because no matter how little you eat…
2. Your body does not hold onto fat
Your body will NEVER stop burning fat until it's need for energy is balanced out so…
Look at the chart below to help you better understand exactly how weight loss, weight gain and maintaining your current weight works…
I'm not saying you'll maintain all of your muscle mass as you lose weight but usually…
3. You don't always lose weight fast
Look at the picture above again but for example…
Does this mean you are in starvation or survival mode?
Of course not and here's what happening in this example…
Once you get to 130 pounds or even 149 pounds your metabolism no longer needs to burn 2000 calories to maintain your weight because as you lose weight…
Your metabolism burns less calories to help you maintain your new weight (simply because it takes less energy to take care of a smaller body) so once you reach 130 pounds in this example…
Does this mean your metabolism has slowed down so much that you can't lose anymore weight and you're stuck at 130 pounds?
This is exactly what happens on any weight loss plan…
Look at it this way…
4. Is it possible to stop gaining weight?
Let's say you ate a HUGE amount of calories everyday and let's say for this example you're eating 10,000 calories per day so…
Do you think after you gain 10 pounds that your body is going to go into some type of "mode" to prevent you from gaining weight?
Even if it did where would all the excess energy or calories go? Would you crap it out? Not likely and if you did eat 10,000 calories per day…
Then yes there would be a point where you'd stop gaining weight and…
That would be when your metabolism starts to burn 10,000 calories per day right after you've gained 100, 200, 300 or 500+ pounds!
But the bottom line is this…
If you're eating less than 1200 calories per day then your metabolism will never get SO SLOW that you'll go into "starvation or survival mode" and not burn any fat so…
9 times out of 10 if you claim that you can't lose weight on less than 1200 calories then usually…
You're not tracking how much you eat correctly and you're underestimating how much you actually eat so make sure you're using a food journal and that you know how to count calories
Make sure you also see…
I am a very big man of 400 lbs, 5 11 tall and have been overweight my entire life. I have exceeded 250lbs since I was 10 yrs old. I am to a point in my life now, I can not bear to continue this way. I am searching for a solid method to lose weight, my biggest issue is I drive truck, and sit for 11hrs a day, moving in and out of the truck for about 2hrs a day. my stamina and focus are solid after 20 yrs of driving, but I can not manage my weight any longer. I feel like I want to stop eating period. I quit drinking soda, and sugar drinks, I drink 1 to 3 32oz cups of coffee with some milk/cream per day. 1-2 gatorades a day and limit myself to 1 footlong subway sub per day, no mayo or anything on it, just the sub with all the veggies I can fit on it and with peppers. even after changing my entire junk food and soda intake to this I am not getting the results I want. in fact I think I gained a few pounds. I need help finding a solution to my bodys lack of metabolism and find a way to start losing this weight. Would it hurt me if I would cut back hard and only eat once every 2-3 days?
May 23, 2013
Now I have a question, my calorie tracker states that when I do zumba about 5pm that I burn around 500 calories , which then makes me neg for my daily caloric intake. Should I not count that as I should eat more to make the 1000 calorie mark ? Or even with zumba I should reach 1000 calories? Hope that's not too confusing:)
May 16, 2013
you do not need to eat back any calories you burn working out unless you want to lose weight slower
May 17, 2013
The calorie caculator always says you shouldn't go lower than 1200 for a women , but what if I'm sitting most of the day and only working out maybe 3 times a week. I'm starting to think the days I don't work out I don't need 1200 calories. I did the 1200 calorie a day diet for 2 weeks didn't lose anything. I'm a stay at home mom that does housework but most of the time entertaining my two year old. I'm 32 , 5'5 and I'm at 178 today. Was at 176 two days ago lol. I think I'm going to try 1000 and see if that does anything.
May 16, 2013
I'm 6'0 even and 228 lbs, I'm trying to loose weight as quicks as possible but also be healthy, so if I take in 1200 or less calories and work out for 2-3 of cardio daily, will I loose a lot of weight fast?
May 11, 2013
you sure will!
May 11, 2013
I am 20, 5'2" and weigh 110 lb... I started eating around an average of 1000 calories a day (some days less and some days more) and lost 7 pounds in a month and half (got down from 117 lb to 110 lb). The thing is that I do nothing but sit on my ass all day and require to move very little, that's why I thought that 1000 calories a day was ideal for me. But now all this talk abt how everyone should be eating at least 1200 calories a day to be healthy is scaring me. Should I be worried?
May 10, 2013
I don't need to be worried. are you constantly hungry or thinking about food?
May 10, 2013
I've just started IF and that's what led me to this page but PLEASE help me.
I used to live on a diet of chips/crisps/chocolate anything you can think of and didn't even think of looking at calorie content. I managed to maintain a weight of 9 1/2 stone occasionally going up to 10 stone but always tending to equal out at 9 1/2. I then changed my diet dramatically and easily have my five a day and eat a LOT of vegetables and proteins and only drink water (rather than coke, juice etc.). (I'm also a vegetarian if that matters.) However, unbelievably i'm STILL 9 1/2 stone. Although I feel much better and not as bloated how is such a lifestyle change possible without any weight loss? I was easily going over 2000 cals before and now I don't eat more than 1200 and it's 1200 of good nutritous food. I go to the gym and even added in Bikram Yoga as I herd it was good for breaking out of weight loss plateaus but I still am 9 1/2 stone every morning.
I will continue to eat healthy as I like this lifestyle now but I am very disappointed and disheartened at the fact I cannot get below 9 1/2 stone. I have read your plateau page but have tried everything on it and nothing works! My mum can't understand why I don't loose weight as I don't even eat with my family anymore because they eat so unhealthily yet they are all lighter than me on the scale!
IF is my last resort now because I don't know what else I can do. I'm going to university in September and I really can't go looking like this. I also hate the awkward moment where people say 'wow you eat so healthily to me' and then there's an awkward silence of them thinking 'why are you chubby then?'
I am 19, 5'3 and 9 1/2 stone. Whilst this is within a healthy body fat percentage for me, it is the high end and I have a very obvious belly of fat which disgusts me. I'm writing this with some hope that you may have any idea how to help me.
May 09, 2013
So will I lose my muscles if I'm doing weight training while cutting my calories intake? (I still eat a moderate amount of proteins)
May 02, 2013
Not at all. the only chance you'll have of losing any muscle mass is if you are extremely lean with an already low bodyfat
May 04, 2013
So if I eat 800 calories today, and burn 1000 calories in a 2 hour cardio session at the gym (with a Polar HRM) and outdoor cycling. .. Does that mean I have technically not eaten today? And if I now go and make a meal worth, say, 300 calories, does that mean, as far as my body is concerned I've only eaten 100 calories?
I'm a 120lb female 5'4 trying to get down to a size 6uk.
I eat good foods and one day a week have a naughty meal. I exercise daily. Oh and thanks for the butt exercises! I'm trying with 26kg weights on my fam hips its great! I
April 29, 2013
not exactly (but very close)
think of eating in terms of taking in energy. when you dont eat enough your body will get that energy from it's backup source which is your bodyfat so when you take in or eat 800 calories...
you burn 1000 calories exercise + the other 1000-to-1500+ calories your metabolism normally burns to keep you alive (breathing, heartrate, etc.) so you'll be in a pretty big deficit meaning your body will have to burn OR EAT your stored fat for energy.
Now if your body or metabolism burns or needs 1500 calories per day and you eat more than 1500 you will gain fat and if you eat less than that and/or exercise you will lose fat
April 29, 2013
Yes, like in the picture, if your basal metabolic rate is 2000 and you eat 1500 you will lose weight without going into starvation mode. However, a 500 calorie deficit is not even nearly a VLCD. If on the other hand, basal metabolic rate was 2000 and caloric intake was 900, you bet anything that starvation mode will ensue. For some people this means a slow down and for others it means a complete stall. The study cited is flawed. There is a 1000 calorie deficit threshold before the body goes into starvation mode. This is why is easier for obese people to hit starvation mode during a diet. Most dieters cut back way too much on calories and add too much exercise causing the 1000 calories threshold to be reached a surpassed. When your maintenance calories is 2000, it is very hard to go into starvation mode, it is, however, also much easier to go above your caloric needs. Like in everything, there is some variability, but on average, the 1000 caloric threshold will cause a metabolic slowing and protein breakdown.
April 15, 2013
You lose muscle in the starvation. So of course you lose weight... Unhealthy weight loss. Muscle weighs more than fat. And question: Where did you get your degree or where are you getting your information and "knowledge"? This whole blog is the biggest load of junk I've ever read. You definitely need to study how the body works, how it uses nutrients, and how exercise aids in all body functions and promotes healthy natural weight loss and maintainence. I hope you respond
April 08, 2013
"You lose muscle in the starvation"
#1 - you only begin to lose muscle mass after about 72 hours of fasting (not eating or starving)
#2 - YES, you may lose some muscle mass during a prolonged period of starving but that's only if you are already lean with a low bodyfat % just like the men in the example of the starvation experiment above.
#3 - If you're overweight or at a normal weight there is almost virtually no chance of your body going to muscle for energy when you have lots of UGLY fat stored as your main backup source of energy so like I said...
#4 - as in the minnesota experiment the men DID NOT stop losing fat until they got down to the unhealhty 5% body fat
"Where did you get your degree or where are you getting your information and "knowledge"? ''
My degree is in Exercise Science, knowledge comes from 15 years of research and experience in training and succesfully helping thousands of people get the body they deserve.
I apologize if my website does not fit your beliefs but I can truly say that if you or anyone uses nowloss.com to it's full potential you'll be more than happy with the results
April 08, 2013
I know you're not PRO of this kind of junk diet.. And i know that you know what you're talking about! I know that people can lose weight on EVERY diet since they don't eat more calories that they burn.. It's a fact.
My main doubt about ALL this is quite simple, after all WHY is important eating healthy foods on weight loss or muscle gain?! Despite the fact that you can eat more and feel more satisfied during the day etc.
Why?! Why 97% of the people tell to eat healthy and not junk? I mean.. it have to be for some good reason, healthy foods got much more fiber and vitamins! Junk food got a lot of salt and sugar and fat oils etc.
So even if you're losing weight with a junk food diet, probably you're body will not be very pleased with you're habits because you're gonna increase you're cholesterol and diabetes riks!
In my country we have this wise sentence i'm gonna translate ''he is a man that don't look to his actions to get his goals'' it means that you don't care about nothing at all just to get what you want! And i see this junk diet a good exemple of it! You're ''killing'' you're health by eating JUST junks foods in the name of weight loss.. That's bad and irresponsible.
Even if you're body just burn fat and NOT muscle with all those Twinkie diets it doen't mean that diet is a good idea since you're losing fat and gainning high blood pressure, high sugar, high cholesterol, high risk of desease (cause you miss all the good foods) etc.
Do you understand my point?
March 23, 2013
of course I understand your point and it's the very same points that I stress which is...
you an lose weight (FAT) eating whatever you want as long as you do not eat too much and I also agree with you that eating junk is seriously bad for your health but...
one of the reasons why I made the nowloss diet (see nowloss.com/diet) is that most people do not have the luxury of buying healthier foods all the time
March 23, 2013
Exercise 4 hours after my last meal is the same as workout in a fasting mode?
Ex. Sunday i finish my lunch about 2pm and then i go for an hour running at 6pm and ate NOTHING but water in those 4 hours.. i arrive home after my hour by 7pm. when i'm really tired and then i eat ALL the calories i need untill 8pm, where my intermitent fasting ends until Monday 12pm.
Can i say that my running hour after 4 hours of fasting burns a lot of fat or is not much different if i ran after 2 hours since my meal?
March 22, 2013
Ok, if all you have in this page is true i'm clear about it but you said this: ''I'm not saying you'll maintain all of your muscle mass as you lose weight''
why we lose muscle while we're losing weight?..
And how can i know how many calories i burn per day?
And how our body can consume just body fat when a diet is made by junk food? Even if we are eating JUST 1000 calories of junk, it stills junk food with a lots of fat.
What you're saying is that the quality of the calories doesn't matter! And the only thing that matters is the quantity of the calories you eat.. and in common sense it sounds ''fishy''
But thank you by the way! I hope you reply..
March 22, 2013
"What you're saying is that the quality of the calories doesn't matter! And the only thing that matters is the quantity of the calories you eat" - Exactly! that is 100% true when it comes to weight loss and on the other hand...
If you read the nowloss.com again you'll see I'm not PRO eat all the junk food you want because in reality you would have a much harder time losing weight when a bigger part of your diet is junk b/c you'll be hungry all the time and for you...
I suggest you try it (I don't mean eat ONLY junk) I mean for you to just FOCUS on total calories and try to make most of your diet clean and you'll see weight loss, weight gain and maintaining weight is all about how much energy (calories) you take and use
March 23, 2013
What is the effect of alcohol on the body when you are in starvation mode? Is it still just about the calories in calories out or does alcohol cause a chemical change to slow the weight loss
February 20, 2013