Get out of starvation mode and lose weight fast?
Ok so I have never been someone who eats a lot. I have had to wake up at 530 since I was 7 (school was very far away) and thus never ate breakfast. Lunch has never been something I eat either, they always had it at around 11 am, and I got home at 230 from school since forever so I never at lunch and would just wait until dinner usually. So now (I am 22) I am fairly overweight because when I do eat/feel hungry it is around 8pm at night and I usually am in bed or at the computer (read: sedentary) working. I never exercised before, have started to a bit now, a little running, pullups, pushups, jumping rope etc for at least 30minutes a day. But none of this is increasing my metabolism at all and I am still consuming less than 1200 calories a day, when all the calculators online say I should be eating around 2300 a day. I only drink water, have cut out all dairy and junk food. I eat fruit every day and have been trying to eat the fruit for breakfast but it makes me feel kinda sour in the stomach if I do so I usually eat it as a late afternoon snack when i get home from work around 530. So what I am ultimately wondering is how can i get my body out of this starvation mode, and burn through this fat faster?
Thanks for the advice, first time on the forums!
Last edited by HatesHisMoobs; Jun. 12/10 at 08:04 PM.
~160 views and no advice?
Hey, I'm kind of new here, but what I do know about weight loss is this:
There are two types of exercise: cardio and weight training.
When you do cardio, you are only actively burning calories while you're exercising. With weight training, though, you will be breaking down your muscle. As it rebuilds itself you will burn more calories 24/7 and increase your metabolism.
You might want to do more weight training exercises rather than cardio exercises.
Also if you're only eating 1200 calories a day, then your body is in starvation mode. Your body thinks you're living through some kind of famine or something so it slows down your metabolism. You can probably eat more calories, just make sure that it's good food, not high-fructose corn syrup, and all the other processed garbage that food companies put into food these days.
Hope this helps.
Even if I am not hungry? Take today for example, I woke up at 7 my usual time, did my morning exercise routine. Nothing major, about 30min of stuff. Up-downs, jumping jacks, pushups, pullups, mountain climber. Enough to get my heart going noticeably, my breath heavy, and my face sweating. Got to work by 9 (I am never hungry in the mornings) , went out to lunch around 12, had a falafel sandwich and two glasses of water. Havent eaten since then, I just got back from two hours of playing soccer (5-7pm), grabbed a bottle of water when i came home, and yet still i do not feel hungry. should i eat anyway in situations like these? I also have a before bed regiment that is similar to my morning one, except I go for a 15min run typically after all the other stuff i mentioned.
any ideas guys? and thanks for the first bit of advice.
Gonna bump myself since reese has relegated my post to the oblivion that is page 3.
What's your height and weight?
1,200 Kcals is low but doesn't sound low enough for your body to think it's starving. What I think is more likely is that you're taking on Kcals from bits and pieces throughout the day without really noticing and taking them into account.
A good thing for you to do is go to fitday.com, create an online food diary and list every single thing thiong that passes your lips during the day.
Other than that, eat well & lift big and the moobs will go in no time!
I am 5'10 or 5'11" and ~180lbs. and i would believe the grabbing cals here and there during the day, but i dont eat at all during the day. I don't snack cause i'm not hungry.
today I had a naked juice, and a falafel sandwich at around 130, it is now almost 7pm and i feel fine. probably won't get dinner even.
If your wondering if its preventing you lose weight, then maybe try 10 days of eating what fitday.com advises calorie wise. It may mean your focusing alot on food and even making yourself eat during this time but just try it.
If it doesn't help you, you can always revert back to what your doing now as you don't get hungry so it wont be too hard to switch back to your normality, but play out the other version with full concerntration. If you really are curious the only real way to know if its your lack of food is to try out the other option. Maybe you can report everything on here and we'll all know.
I think most people have 'viewed' and not answered as its confusing- if your not eating enough calories you will lose weight. Are you sure your counting everything? every gram of fruit veg and etc? its also worth weighing stuff as it can quite often suprize you, especially things like apples which can be closer to 100kcals then 50kcals a medium apple.
Thanks for the advice summer, i'll give it a try. And yes I count everything. I only eat about one meal a day, and it is always eaten out and a semi-fast food place or diner. as a default since i usually dont know how many calories it is i just say it is a 1000 calorie meal, when it is probably far less as it is usually just a sandwich and fries (which i don't finish). other than that nothing else major, only drink water, never snack.
Its worth remebering that eating like that can and will eventually take its toll, your organs will be under pressure as they wont have the energy they require to work properly so they become fatigued faster then normal. Your heart, your liver and kidneys, your intestine, even your brain.
Originally Posted by HatesHisMoobs
Its probably not very noticable if your quite young as your organs tend to bounce back quite quickly and its nothing too painful at all. But once you get older the strain will really begin to notice. Its a bit like sunbathing: at a young age you don't notice the skin damage, the wrinkles and the moles appearing, but once you are in your 30s the fine lines really show up, you look older then you are, the moles are spread everywhere and at risk of developing.
Once you hit your late 20s/early 30s your body begins to naturally slow down. We naturally peak at the 16-25 age group and after then start to decay (not nice but reality!) so repair is not done at the same level. Women get osteoperosis as their bone density decreases, Men find their testosterone decreases and muscle density drops off. The best thing you can do for yourself is to build yourself up: eat well, in moderation and healthy stuff rest well, exercise to boost your circulation, that way when you do start to naturally decay, your body has alot more to work through!
Try not to eat everything in one go, across 3 or 6 meals is fine. Your body is under less strain that way. The more strain your body is under, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a stress hormone, its acidic. It can mess (negativly) with muscle growth, bone density and also promote fat to be retained around your middle, and I have yet to meet someone who wants a middle aged spread when they are not infact middle aged! Eating little and often can help because your body is not under the same stress as it would be if you are low in blood sugar.
The problem is I don't exactly have the luxury of eating smaller meals throughout the day. Like I said in the first post on here I have been eating basically one meal a day since I was like 7, and I feel slightly nauseous if I eat more than one now.
I will try next week though, also have no car and no grocery store nearby for shopping, so I will have to wait until at least saturday to buy fruits to snack on!
On a side note: Can I replace 10minutes of real running outside with 15 of fake running in place in my house? I just got back from a run and it is like 98 degrees outside at 830 and i damn near passed out. Just checked and it should be like that all week here, so can i just run in place for longer in front of my AC at home :P ?
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