Does UNDEReating slow weightloss?
March 9, 2005 10:57 AM Subscribe
I keep hearing that while you're trying to lose weight, you should be careful not to UNDEReat. True?
posted by grumblebee to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The argument goes something like this: if you consume less than X number of calories a day, your metabolism will slow down, and you won't burn as many as you work out. Now I know there are important reasons not to starve yourself, but I don't understand that particular argument. Lets say I do the same stuff every day -- walk up and down the same steps, carry the same briefcase, etc. Surely it will take the same amount of energy each day to complete these same tasks. So I should be burning the same number of calories each day, regardless of how much I eat.
It would be one thing if people said, "but you won't be able to do the same amount of work," but they don't say that.
So what gives?
I'm asking, because my appetite has gone way down. I am eating as much as I need to eat to feel full, and then stopping. But when I calculate the number of consumed calories, it's less than I "should" be getting. Still, I don't feel hungry for more, so it seems perverse to eat more -- especially when I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not feeling tired or anything, either.