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Not losing weight despite of eating only 600-800kCal per day

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Friend of mine is only eating like 600-800 Calories per day and she still cannot lose weight. She is around 250lbs.

She is only eating once per day. Can this be the reason that perhaps her metabolism slows down? In either case I am wondering how can body survive long term and even keep huge amounts of fat storage with such a low calorie intake per day...

I am afraid if I advise her to start eating three times per day, she will gain even more as she is not burning any fat at all obviously, seems to be fully in the fat-storage mode.

Any advice appreciated.

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on December 14, 2012
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Just purchased Why We Get Fat, thanks for the tip. That one has been missing in my collection.

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I agree it is wrong and I will tell her that. It's up to her whether she will want to change her habits. She just seems comfortable with that kind of lifestyle, on the other hand she would like to lose some pounds.

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on December 14, 2012
at 10:21 AM

This is just SO WRONG!!! Why would she eat around 600 calories per day? Isn't it a self-induced torture?

Here is what I would do if I were her:

  1. Eat three times per day. No, she is not going to gain weight.

  2. Some protein, bone broth and sea salt for breakfast.

  3. Fermented foods, green salad with garlic, EVOO and lemon juice as well as some organ meats - liver, kidneys for lunch.

  4. Vegetable soup with some bone broth and sea salt for dinner.

She won't get hungry if she eats nutritious foods. She needs to work on her nutritional intake, not her calories. Every other day she can add starchy vegetables for dinner at night.

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on December 14, 2012
at 10:32 AM

I agree it is wrong and I will tell her that. It's up to her whether she will want to change her habits. She just seems comfortable with that kind of lifestyle, on the other hand she would like to lose some pounds.

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on December 14, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Your friend is lying to you. I think you should live with her 3 days straight, and write down everything she eats.

Once I had a client that told me she was eating only 880 calories a day (she tipped in at 294 when we first met). She logged her food beautifully and with great detail. She submitted it to me 3 times a week. I let her have a free range of foods...as long as they amounted to no more than 2200 calories a day. She started logging only about 880 calories a day for a week.

I called her and said: Tina. if you're working with me because you want to feel like you're doing something, instead of actually doing it. Then lets not waste any more of my time, or yours. She said she was dead honest in her diet. It wasn't until i tracked down two of her children (ages 10 and 13) that they told me the truth. Tina was eating whole pizzas, bags of cheetos, and drinking about a six pack of coke a day.

from just a rough estimate of the numbers i could see she was eating something like 4000 calories of mostly junk a day. Needless to say, I was the one that cancelled our working relationship.

This is something I run into SO OFTEN. people have no idea how much they're eating. In the case of Tina, and I suspect your friend, they probably are just guilty. But sometimes ppl think they're eating 2000, when they're really eating 3000.

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on December 14, 2012
at 11:42 AM

Time will take its toll on her, eventually. Try to convince her to read 'Why We Get Fat (2011)' She is under the impression that starving will make her thin, but nothing could be further from the truth. If she won't believe she is WRONG now, her n=1 will soon prove it.

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

(56)

on December 14, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Just purchased Why We Get Fat, thanks for the tip. That one has been missing in my collection.

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on December 14, 2012
at 09:38 PM

600 calories a day !!! This is what toddlers eat ! Up your caloric intake RIGHT AWAY BEFORE YOU DESTROY YOUR METABOLISM !!!

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on December 14, 2012
at 09:01 PM

She probably has issues with her Leptin or Leptin Resistance.

Leptin is a hormone that tells your brain if your fed. Only what happens in people who are over weight is that they make to much. Which fries the receptors in the brain and the brain thinks that it's starving. So the person feels hungry all the time.

Your friend being on such low calories is making it more complicated because she really is 'starving'. So her brain says 'Hey lets not loose any weight and put on more because there is a famine going on.'

So to sum it up, she probably should stop worrying about losing weight for the moment and think more about healing her metabolism. If she got the right kind of macro nutrients, in the right balance she probably start to loose weight as a side effect.

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on December 14, 2012
at 10:16 AM

why not advise her to eat a healthy diet and MOVE more

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