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Not eating for 10-15 hrs. Is this starvation?

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Hi everyone.  Here's the thing.  I have a snack at about 9-10p.m. and go to bed at midnight.  I eat about 1200 cals a day but do not start eating until around 2pm.  I have been doing this for 3 years.  Is my body going into 'starvation mode' all this time?  How long would it take to get it back on track?  I weigh 180 and am just over 5"7.  I asked my doctor but he didn't know. 
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It depends on how many calories you're consuming overall.

By not eating for that length of time, your body probably slows it's burn rate until it gets a fuel source, but it's not what people refer to as starvation mode on this site.

I don't particularly care for breakfast myself, but I've found that I'm willing to munch on a cup of dry cereal, fiber one or kashi, in the morning as long as I don't think of it as breakfast.
Hi smwhipple.  Thanks for the reply!  I have to ask what's Kashi?
kashi is a food brand.. they're known for their cereal (and snack bars).  kashi is packed with protein and can taste like cardboard to some... lol

their site: http://www.kashi.com/
You are almost certainly slowing your metabolism down by not eating breakfast.  Remember it's 'break fast' - time to let your body know that it's time to start revving up again.  I'm not much of a breakfast eater myself, but have a small amount within an hour of getting up.  Give a few things a try - even a piece of fruit will help kick start your metabolism in the morning.
I think your problem is only eating 1200 calories not when you eat. 1200 isn't enough for someone your height/weight to lose weight. I barely lose on that much and I am much shorter than you are.

That being said, breakfast can do you nothing but good. Try to start eating earlier and see what happens.
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'starvation mode' doesn't happen in a matter of hours.  research it online to learn more, but in a nutshell it takes eating too few calories over a length of time.

according to one nutritionist i spoke to you do not have to eat immediately to 'kick start' your metabolism in the morning.  she highly recommends eating several small meals a day but says it can be within 3 hours of waking up.  then continue to eat every three hours or so - small meals.

i can't see how 10 hours would be a concern at all.  i mean if you sleep 8 hours and aren't a hungry AM person (i'm not) you're only talking about eating 2 hours after waking up which is just fine.  just try to eat something within 3 hours of waking.  your body does need the  fuel and it is good for your metabolism.  remember it need not be a huge breakfast, but give your body something nutritious. :)
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