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Posted by: LJ | 2009/11/25

Starvation mode

Hi there, I read in an article that your body goes into starvation mode if your Calorie intake is less than 1200 (I presume it must be regularly under 1200, not just once / twice). However in another article it says that it does not depend on the amount of Calories, but the intervals. Apparently you can eat less, but if you eat regularly your body will not go into starvation mode. Yet you can eat more, but if you only eat once per day your body can still go into starvation mode. Is this so?

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Dear LJ
The human body will always strive to retain a balance. If its energy intake is reduce too greatly to below 1000 kcal per day, then the body will shutdown its weightloss systems in an attempt to conserve energy. Eating 6 or more smaller meals a day will not prevent this if the total energy intake indicates starvation to the body systems. However, eating a balanced, moderately energy reduced diet (1500 kcal/day for women or 2000 kcal/day for men), which is divided into 6 small meals spread over the day may well cause better weightloss than eating the same amount of kcal in 3 larger meals, because research has shown that "nibbler" (6 small meals a day), tend to lose more weight than "gorgers" (3 large meals a day), provided the nibbler diet is also low in energy and consists of healthy foods.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2009/11/26

Dear LJ
The human body will always strive to retain a balance. If its energy intake is reduce too greatly to below 1000 kcal per day, then the body will shutdown its weightloss systems in an attempt to conserve energy. Eating 6 or more smaller meals a day will not prevent this if the total energy intake indicates starvation to the body systems. However, eating a balanced, moderately energy reduced diet (1500 kcal/day for women or 2000 kcal/day for men), which is divided into 6 small meals spread over the day may well cause better weightloss than eating the same amount of kcal in 3 larger meals, because research has shown that "nibbler" (6 small meals a day), tend to lose more weight than "gorgers" (3 large meals a day), provided the nibbler diet is also low in energy and consists of healthy foods.
Best regards
DietDoc

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