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Don't starve yourself; don't make stupid promises

I enjoyed reading "Losing It: False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry" by Laura Fraser (Plume, 1998). It made me concerned though that people reading things on this website will set themself up to fail (one way or another!) by making a promise they shouldn't or can't keep, such as "I'm never going to have a carbohydate (or fat) gram again", or "I'm not going to eat more than 1,200 calories a day until I reach my target rate." I'm realizing that people can do some pretty desparate things to try to lose a bit of weight.

Please, please, please don't make this kind of promise.

Things I've read suggest that you should plan to eat at least your "basal metabolism rate" in calories a day so that you body doesn't go into starvation mode and adjust your metabolism. Mine right now is about 2,045 calories a day. I can eat that much and lose weight, and I shouldn't eat less than that. And my promised limit is 2,500 calories a day. I am no where near the semi-starvation state that many put themselves into for a season to lose some weight only to gain it back once they return to normality.

Anyway, please don't starve yoursef, and please please don't promise that you are going to do it.




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