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Rabbit Starvation and PSMF

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2012 at 10:14 AM

After reconsidering bariatric surgery, under the supervision of her doctor, my mom lost over 100 pounds doing a protein sparing modified fast. She's now maintaining her weight on higher fat paleo diet. (I'm so proud of her). If rabbit starvation comes from eating too much lean meat, why has she and others been able to lose weight like this?

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Nice blog you got there!

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:15 AM

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin after slimming down on an all-rabbit diet?

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on May 07, 2012
at 07:34 AM

I want to thank you very much for asking this question. I did not know anything about rabbit starvation. I thought at first somebody was trying to starve rabbits - like an animal issue. Now, because of your question, I understand the mechanics and ... it makes perfect sense!!! By the way, just so you know - how long has she been maintaining? Usually in about 3 years the weight starts to creep back... but there is a way to fight it so good luck to your mom! I am proud of her too!

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:05 AM

They're still eating high-fat diets; their bodies are metabolizing built-up fat stores to offset the caloric deficit caused by a reduction in food intake. That's pretty much the fundamental mechanism of fat loss.

Rabbit starvation occurs only in those who don't have significant preexisting fat stores.

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:06 AM

Rabbit starvation is caused by eating too much protein for your body, not by eating too much relative to the rest of your food. People can (and do) lose lots of weight with stricter fasts, the point is that they are burning their own fat and so their actual calorie intake is pretty low - the key's in the word 'fast'. If you're only consuming a few hundred calories a day, there's no problem with it being all protein. If you try to process a thousand pure protein calories you might start to struggle, and if you're actually starving and trying to eat around 2000 calories a day with nothing but rabbits around then you might get sick.

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on May 06, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Rabbit starvation really isnt a concern for anybody. People talk about it like it is but its really more like concerning oneself with how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Hypothetical more than anything...

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:15 AM

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin after slimming down on an all-rabbit diet?

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on May 06, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I think that you're missing the starvation part - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation . If she's eating other foods and some fat then she's probably not starving. My suggestion...balance. Protein plus lots of macro nutrients.

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:53 AM

Rabbit starvation occurs when your calories are coming exclusively from lean protein. This occurs because your liver can only process 200-300g of protein per day (800-1200 calories of protein per day). I don't remember the mechanics (see wikipedia) but after eating exclusively lean protein for a while, an insatiable hunger develops that can only be sated by eating fat or carbs. During weight loss (the PSMF), these calories are coming from stored body fat.

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Some friends of mine also were concerned about rabbit starvation. They wrote about it here:

http://thewannabehomesteader.com/why-rabbit-meat-is-not-the-best-survival-food/

I wrote a rebuttal here:

http://floridahillbilly.com/?p=2267

Rabbit starvation, I believe, takes a certain set of circumstances that are hard to reproduce in modern day society.

But thats just my 2 cents...

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Nice blog you got there!

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