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How to stop Starvation Mode, and still lose weight?

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Good evening ppl!

I wish everybody has had a gr8 summer holiday :)

As i posted b4, i hav been dieting for 6 months now, and during the last 3 or 4 months i put my body in what u taught me is called "Starvation mode" .. I used to eat no more than 800 cals a day, although i lost 2 stones in 3 and a half months but my weight hasn't changed for a long time now,  i am still slightly over-weight and need to lose more..

I know that i slowed my metabolism and my diet was wrong, so my question is how do i escape this starvation mode and eat healthy and still lose weight?

Do u suggest any healthy and well-balanced diets for me 2 use?

I'm also afraid that if i up my caloric intake i'll gain weight..

Just to let u know, i'm a 17yr old female, i go 2 the gym about 4 times a week, i walk almost everyday, and i do housework like ironing & hoovering..

Plzzzz HELP!
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Start eating an healthy amount of food. You might gain a few pounds but they are needed to get you out of starvation mode. Then, I don't know how long it would take to get out, depends on your body!
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I trained many women just like you. They ate one meal a day and worked out for hours. They couldn't lose weight and were actually fat according to body fat percentage. I had them eat 5-6 small meals a day to get the metabolism going and in no time at all the fat started coming off. They didn't gain any weight, their weight just started coming off. They felt better, had more energy and looked great.

The WHO (world health organization) considers anything 900 calories and under as starvation. I think it's sad that we have access to food and good nutrition and yet we starve ourselves. I just wish women would be gentle with their bodies and nourish them. People take better care of their cars and pets than they do themselves.
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go to www.bodyforlife.com and get some good ideas of what to eat and how much.

Good luck
  Hi, just thought i would share my eating plan.

I'm female, currently weigh 139lbs and i'm 30 years old, 5'1"...

I had a very bad diet when i was younger... i ate 600-800 calories a day.... I did loose weight... i also lost muscle and damaged my thyroid....

Now... I'm 30... I have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life...
I eat healthy.... I have 1600-1700 calories a day... I excerise and strength train everyday 35-60 minutes. I fit into a size 6 now.. which i was never able to before... I could not fit into a size 6 back when i was starving myself. Once i started to excerise the fat melted off and i got toned and had more energy. I have 5-6 meals a day. I eat alot of fruit and whole grains. I still do have the occasional chocolate ice cream or slice of pizza. I keep track of my calories and workouts in a journal... it helped me pinpoint what mistakes i was making.

Now i have muscle, my body is toned. I feel strong and confident and I'm in good health except for my thyroid. Yes the scale says 139lbs. For my height online calculators say I should weigh between 95-129, but remember that muscle weighs more that fat.

I suggest, research! Experimenting with different healthy foods, you can determine what works for you. I did alot of research and excerise how food works and changes to energy, calories... all of that fun stuff...
and I'm still learning.

    I would go to the doctor and get a physical.. make sure everything is ok and start eating healthy!
This is a good article   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/core_march_8. htm

Scroll down to the part entitled Why is she not Losing Weight?  It helped me a lot.
Thank u all for the great advice!

Everything u'v said is really helpfull!!

I decided to eat healthy from now on and stick to the 1200cals a day, but i was wondering; If i gained weight (and i hope i won't), how long will it be for my body to start losing again?

Thanx again for ur help..

Have a lovely evening :)
nooree This a newsletter I get which may address your question.
Friday, September 1

Welcome to Losing It with Jillian Michaels, the newsletter designed to help you shed pounds, increase energy, and finally get fit for life!

Are You Eating Enough? You're all trying not to go over your allotted calorie amounts for the week, but how many of you are having trouble eating enough calories? It may not seem like a big deal to consume a hundred or so fewer calories than you're supposed to each day, but that's a dangerous ?? and incorrect ?? assumption. It is absolutely 100 percent essential to eat enough calories! If you don't, it will destroy your metabolism. It's like telling your body that you're starving. If your body thinks it's starving, your metabolism will shut down.

Not eating enough calories will also force the body to cannibalize muscle and hold on to fat. The body considers muscle to be expendable during periods of starvation, and it considers fat to be necessary to insulate your organs for survival.

Finally, a deficit of daily calories will lead to a horrible cycle of yo-yo dieting. You'll starve yourself and end up losing muscle, and when you begin to eat the right amount of calories, your body will pack on the pounds in anticipation of another "famine."

What can you do to break the cycle? If you're a woman, set your calories at 1,400 steady ?? don't vary them. I almost NEVER say that, but in order to get your metabolism back up to speed and set your body right again, you're going to need consistency and time.

Stay on this calorie allowance and exercise at least five hours a week. You probably won't lose weight for at least four weeks, but the good news is that you won't gain either, and hopefully we will have gotten your metabolism back on track permanently. After about four weeks or so, you should start to lose weight, and then you can begin to vary your daily calorie intake ?? as long as you never drop below 1,200 calories. Now, go get something to eat!

How much fish oil do you consume daily?   2 to 4 grams a day of a high quality fish oil will help. Do not be afraid of the Fat content.

How much fiber are you getting? 30 plus grams for people under 50 is a must for continued weight loss.

High quality Green tea will keep the fire burning.
About a month ago I upped my cals from 600-700 to 1200. At first I gained about 3 lbs, but as fast as they appeared they went again - it was obviously just the food bulk in my system. I would say after 1-2 weeks you should start losing again. Good luck!
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